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Boston fire raises concerns over 787 Dreamliner

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  • 8 years ago
A fire broke out on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked at Boston's Logan airport on Monday, the latest in a string of mishaps for the US plane maker's flagship jet.
Airline workers inside the empty jet discovered smoke at the rear end and raised the alarm.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and used an infrared camera to determine the exact location of the fire, which took around an hour to fully extinguish.
Reports said the fire began in a battery that is part of the aircraft's auxiliary power unit which is used when the engines are not in operation.
Since entering service in October 2011 the plane has repeatedly made headlines for mechanical problems, according to Reuters.
Last July, the FAA investigated an incident in which a 787 engine made by General Electric Co blew apart on the ground in South Carolina, prompting changes in how the engines are made, maintained and inspected. A similar engine failed on a Boeing 747 in Shanghai in September.
The Dreamliner's run of electrical mishaps began December 4, when a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark, New Jersey, made an emergency landing after it appeared that one of its power generators failed. United later said an electrical panel was at fault. On December 13, Qatar Airways said it had grounded one of its three 787 jets because of the same problem United had experienced. On December 17, United said that a second 787 in its fleet had developed electrical issues.
Also in December, the FAA ordered inspections of 787s after fuel leaks were found on two aircraft operated by foreign airlines. The leaks stemmed from incorrectly assembled fuel line couplings, which could result in loss of power or engine fire, the FAA said.
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