Boeing 787 Catches Fire Again, Closes London Airport

And yet another forced to make emergency landing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
An Ethiopian Airliner 787 Dreamliner prepare to take off from Addis Ababa, in this April 27, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

(Newser) – Looks like the Boeing 787's fire issues aren't entirely behind it. A parked Dreamliner, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire today at Heathrow airport, prompting a suspension of all arrivals and departures to the London airport, the BBC reports. No passengers were aboard, no injuries have been reported, and the airport has since reopened. But the incident is likely to raise more doubts about the benighted Dreamliner—and sure enough, Boeing's stock plunged on the news, the AP reports.

And as if that wasn't enough bad news for the plane maker, later another 787 flying from Manchester to the US had to turn around after encountering an unspecified mechanical failure. All 126 passengers aboard have now disembarked safely. The plane's operator, Thompson Airways, describes the emergency landing as a "precautionary measure." (Read more Boeing 787 Dreamliner stories.)

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