Monday, July 15, 2013

Batteries 'not linked' to 787 fire at Heathrow

(July 14, 2013, (BBC))--There is no evidence of a direct link between the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's batteries and the fire at Heathrow Airport on Friday, investigators said. The fire on the parked Ethiopian Airlines plane closed the London airport's runways for 90 minutes.

At the start of the year, all 50 Dreamliners in service worldwide were grounded after two separate incidents concerning batteries. But the investigators found the fire damage was not near the batteries.The aircraft is currently in a hangar at Heathrow while the investigation is carried out.

Rear fuselage
The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the initial investigation was likely to take several days. It said it had found "extensive heat damage in the upper portion of the rear fuselage, a complex part of the aircraft".

"However, it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located and at this stage there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship." Read more from BBC »

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