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Dreamliner Fire at Boston Airport Causes Another Worry for Boeing

Jan. 8, 2013

An electrical fire broke out in an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston's Logan International Airport Monday while the jet was being serviced after arriving from Tokyo.

The 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines carried 173 passengers and a crew of 11 on the nonstop flight. The fire was detected by the cleaning crew after all the passengers had disembarked.

Firefighters were on the scene within three minutes, said Ed Freni, the airport's aviation director, according to the website They found the plane's cabin filled with heavy smoke when they arrived.

Massport Fire Rescue Chief Robert J. Donahue said the fire began in a battery that was part of an auxiliary power unit that is only used when the plane is on the ground and its engines are turned off, reports said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the incident, reports said. It is the latest in a series of electrical and mechanical mishaps involving the much-anticipated Boeing jet after it debuted in late 2011 more than three years behind schedule. An electrical fire grounded the test fleet in 2010.

"We are aware of the event, and we are working with our customer," said Marc Birtel, a spokesman at Boeing's commercial headquarters in Seattle, according to Bloomberg. Japan Airlines canceled the return flight to Tokyo.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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