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[BBC News] Runways at London’s Heathrow airport have closed after a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

No passengers were on board at the time of the fire

No passengers were on board at the time of the fire.  Image: BBC News

Arrivals and departures were suspended after the incident at 16:30 BST, a spokesman for the airport said. No passengers were aboard at the time.

Fifty Dreamliners worldwide were grounded in January because of battery malfunctions.

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Aerial pictures show damage to the planes structure under the tail fin.   Image: BBC News

Aerial pictures show damage to the planes structure under the tail fin. Image: BBC News

Boeing later modified the jets with new batteries and flight resumed in April.

An Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner named the Queen of Sheba – the same plane involved in the Heathrow incident – flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on the first commercial flight since the grounding.

Pictures of the Heathrow fire on Twitter show an aircraft close to a building and surrounded by fire vehicles. London Fire Brigade said its crews were standing by to assist Heathrow staff.

Fire-retardant foam appeared to have been sprayed at the airliner, but no damage to the aircraft was immediately apparent.

A Heathrow spokesman said: “We can confirm there has been an on-board internal fire involving an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft and the airport’s emergency services are in attendance.

“The aircraft was parked on a remote parking stand. There were no passengers on board and there are no reported injuries at this time.

“Arrivals and departures are temporarily suspended while airport fire crews attend to this incident. This is a standard procedure if fire crews are occupied with an incident.”

The airport is advising passengers to check the status of their flights with the airlines.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Police at Heathrow were alerted to a fire on a plane. Emergency services are in attendance.

“At this time it is believed no one was on board and there are no reports of any injuries. The fire is being treated as unexplained.”

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BBC News
12 July, 2013


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Addis Ababa, April 17, 2012  – Ethiopian Airlines will be the first to operate the 787 Dreamliner in Africa, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said.

"All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners" Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said

"All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners" - Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam

While in Seattle to meet with Boeing executives to discuss delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliners, Tewolde took a special tour of the airline’s first 787 to be delivered later this year, according to a statement Ethiopian sent to ENA on Tuesday.
The statement said Tewolde met with President and CEO of Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh as well as 787 vice president and General Manager, Larry Loftis and other program leaders to talk about the airline’s first delivery and to receive an update on the 787 program and production.

“All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners and the whole country can be proud of being the first in all of Africa to receive this game-changing airplane,” the statement quoted Tewolde as saying.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to order the 787 Dreamliner when they placed their order for ten 787s in February 2005.
The airline currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737,757,767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11 and 747 in cargo operations….

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April 17
Story by: Dave