Nightmare of the Dreamliners: Two of Boeing’s troubled new 787s break down within an HOUR as one catches fire on stand at Heathrow and another returns to Manchester with ‘mechanical problem’
- Boeing 787 Dreamliner on fire at London Heathrow Airport
- Airport temporarily closed the runways for departures and arrivals
- Second Dreamliner forced to return to Manchester one hour later
- Thomson Airways passenger jet experienced ‘technical difficulties’
- Dreamliner fleet stranded by Boeing for three months following battery fires
- Boeing shares drop six per cent after incident Friday afternoon
A luxury Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet caught fire at Heathrow yesterday, prompting fears the entire fleet will have to be grounded, causing summer travel chaos.
Both runways were shut and all flights temporarily suspended after firemen surrounded the Ethiopian Airlines plane and sprayed foam over it to smother the flames.
The jet, named the Queen of Sheba, was believed to be the first of the troubled Dreamliner fleet to resume flying after Boeing temporarily grounded the revolutionary planes this year over concerns that batteries on board could cause fires.
Air accident investigators were on the scene last night, but Boeing was unable to say whether it would have to suspend flights of all of its 68 Dreamliner jets currently operating around the globe.
Separately, Thomson Airways – which became the first UK airline to use the planes earlier this week – said a Dreamliner flying from Manchester to Florida had to returned to Britain last night after there was a ‘technical issue’.
Another 800 of the jets have been ordered by airlines across the globe, including 24 by British Airways and 16 by Virgin.
Footage of the Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner showed fire damage on the roof at the rear of fuselage.