Breaking news that yet another 787 Dreamliner caught fire has sent Boeing’s shares dropping over 6% despite reaching a 52-week high earlier today. Fortunately no one was on the plane when the fire was reported, but an explanation or other details have yet to be released. On the surface, it sounds a lot like the JAL’s fire at Boston.
I wonder why Boeing doesn’t just maintain traditional battery technology like the Airbus A350. Grounding planes has to be more expensive than the fuel costs of heavier batteries. Then again, it’s entirely possible that this was caused by something else, perhaps a fire in the galley.
According to this photo on Twitter, it looks like most of the damage was contained quickly, with some repair needed on the roof.
Boeing’s comment on Twitter:
We’re aware of the 787 event @HeathrowAirport and have Boeing personnel there. We’re working to fully understand and address this.
Update: More info from the BBC, including a better photo — though it doesn’t show the damage. (HT: Miles from Blighty)