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London's Heathrow Airport shut after Boeing Dreamliner 787 fire
From: BBC          Published On: July 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT
 
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London's Heathrow Airport shut after Boeing Dreamliner 787 fire

Runways at London's Heathrow airport have closed after an incident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

Arrivals and departures have been suspended, a spokesman for the airport said. The airport said in a tweet that there were no passengers aboard.

Fifty Dreamliners worldwide were grounded in January because of battery malfunctions.

Boeing later modified the jets with new batteries.

In April an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner - said to be the same plane involved in the Heathrow incident - flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on the first commercial flight since the grounding.

Pictures on Twitter show an aircraft close to a terminal building surrounded by fire vehicles. London Fire Brigade said its crews were standing by to assist Heathrow staff.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Police at Heathrow were alerted to a fire on a plane. Emergency services are in attendance.

"At this time it is believed no one was on board and there are no reports of any injuries. Fire is being treated as unexplained."


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