An Ethiopian Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire this afternoon at London Heathrow.
The Airport Runways are Closed and Aircraft are Currently Holding.
No passengers were reported to be on the plane at the time and the fire has been extinguished.
The aircraft, registration ET-AOP, arrived at LHR for flight ETH700 from Bole International, Adis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Track the Playback.
The Heathrow Website is currently reporting the following:
Due to an incident on an aircraft, all arrivals and departures are currently suspended. The Metropolitan Police Service have advised that there are no passengers on board.
Please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to Heathrow.
Heathrow Update 17:50 – Aircraft are Landing Again
The incident will be of huge concern to Boeing and airlines across the world operating the Dreamliner.
Sky News have reported that the fire seemed to have occurred at the rear of the fuselage in an area where the auxiliary power systems are located – these would have been in use whilst the aircraft was parked on the tarmac at Heathrow. This has yet to be confirmed.
The fire was the second 787 incident in the UK today – earlier this afternoon we saw G-TUIC, one of Thomson’s new Dreamliners return to Manchester after turning back from a flight to Orlando with mechanical problems. The flight number affected was TOM126.
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