Fire on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner closes Britain’s Heathrow airport (video)
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at Britain’s Heathrow airport on Friday. Both of Heathrow’s runways have been closed following a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was waiting on the tarmac.
The incident, which was reported just after 4.30pm, involved an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Dreamliner at a remote parking stand. Nobody was on board at the time, and no injuries were reported.
Pictures showed the aircraft on the runway, surrounded by fire engines and covered in flame-retardant foam.
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 Dreamliner fleet was recently grounded after battery smoke was seen coming from two Japanese-owned planes.
(Sources: The guardian, Reuters and BBC)