The Ethiopian Airlines says that it will continue operating the Boeing 787 fleet of Dreamliners when one of them caught fire on Friday at Heathrow airport of London.The investigators are busy to find cause of this blaze that occurred months after this aircraft got grounded worldwide due to some battery problem.
Runways of Heathrow were closed for on Friday for 90min, and some of the evening flights got delayed by over 6 hours.In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines did take delivery of 4 Dreamliners.Company said that its plane was parked at the Heathrow airport for 8 hours before the smoke was seen.
The carrier carrier told that they hadn’t grounded any aircraft and that this incident happened while plane wasn’t flying so it wasn’t related to any flight safety.Dreamliner is moved to one special hangar that’s away from terminals to permit investigation to be done.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport of UK is expected that it would lead inquiry, with US Federal Aviation Administration, the Boeing, the US-based National Transportation Safety Board as well as Ethiopian Airlines taking part as well.There isn’t any time frame given for this probe.
The investigators would hope it’s not recurrence of problems with the batteries containing lithium-ion which grounded entire 787s global fleet for 3 months earlier in this year.Several experts of aviation suggested that fire seems to have some distance broken out from 2 batteries.
Foam that’s fire-retardant was sprayed on the airliner. An area over top of fuselage in the front of tail appeared scorched.The passengers going from Heathrow are advised to make a call to their airlines.The airport reporter, however, said that flights were expected to depart like planned, with only delays of some negligible time.
42 flights which were short-haul got cancelled, with many passengers put over alternative carriers or flights to the chosen destinations.Heathrow said that there weren’t any passengers on board that parked aircraft, known as Queen of Sheba, the time the fire started.
1st British carrier was Thomson Airways to operate aircraft earlier in this week. Also, it is taking the delivery of 8 planes.But according to Thomson, one Dreamliner going to Florida came back on Friday to Manchester Airport as precautionary measure when the plane underwent some technical issue.
Also, the British Airways recently took the delivery of first 2 of the 24 Dreamliners.According to Virgin Atlantic it does remain committed on taking the first 16 Dreamliners during September 2014.The other operators of Dreamliner include United Continental, Japan Airlines, Air India , All Nippon Airlines and the Poland’s LOT.
The Dreamliner happened to be marketed as fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft carrying from 201 to 290 passengers over routes of medium-range.This was because of the service of enter passenger in 2008 though it wasn’t until 2011, October that the 1st commercial flight started to operate by All Nippon Airways of Japan.
All the fifty Dreamliners in the service worldwide got grounded at start of year following the 2 separate incidents that concerned its batteries.One battery overheated on 7th January and started fire on Japan Airlines787 at the Logan International Airport of Boston. 9 days later, one All Nippon Airways 787 made emergency landing over Japan after one battery started giving off smoke.
The jets were modified by Boeing with the new batteries. The flights resumed during April.Batteries aren’t used when 787 tends to be in flight.
They are operational when plane is on ground and the engines aren’t turned on, the batteries are operational and used for powering the lights and brakes of aircraft.
In April, Boeing said that it might not be capable of identifying root cause regarding battery issues though said that its modifications will prevent these problems to reoccur.