The FAA grounded Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner back in January after a string of incidents involving the aircraft and its flawed batteries. The green signal was given only recently but once again 787 Dreamliner finds itself in the news. An Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner, which was actually the first airline to resume commercial flights on this plane after it was ungrounded, caught fire at the Heathrow Airport in London. The incident led to temporary suspension of arrivals and departures at one of the most busiest airports in the world.
Previous incidents were caused by the Dreamliner’s lithium-ion batteries. Boeing had designed an entirely new battery system that was given approval by the FAA after test flights. It is unclear at the moment if the cause of this latest incident are the batteries as well. At the time there were no passengers onboard and the plane itself was parked away from terminals. A fire crew had responded to the emergency and television footage showed the plane surrounded by foam. Routine flight operations were soon resumed at Heathrow. Boeing tweeted that it is aware of this event and that its people are investigating.
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