Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boeing 787 plane catches fire at Boston's Logan Airport

7 hrs.

A fire broke out in the underbelly of a?parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner?at Boston's Logan International Airport on Monday morning. No passengers were on board the Japan Airlines-operated jet?at the time.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the fire. "The fire was reported after the passengers and crew had exited the aircraft. There were no injuries reported," FAA said.?

The National Transportation Safety Board told NBC News it is sending personnel from Washington, D.C., to Boston to investigate.?

Firefighters arrived to find a "fairly significant fire condition" in the small compartment that houses the auxiliary power unit, Massport Fire Rescue?Chief Robert Donahue said. Donahue thinks one of the batteries in the unit exploded and caused the fire, which was quickly extinguished.

Emergency crews?responded to the fire that broke out at about 10:30 a.m., airport spokesperson Richard Walsh told Reuters.?

After the flight landed and passengers deplaned, a mechanic?noticed light smoke from the underbelly of the plane, according to the Boston Fire Department's official Twitter feed.

Boston Fire also tweeted photos of firefighters responding to the incident alongside Massport Fire officials.

Japan Airlines spokesperson Carol Anderson confirmed the incident with NBC News and said they are arranging alternatives for passengers booked on Monday?s Tokyo-bound Flight 007.?The airline flies its Boeing?787 fleet?from Narita, Japan to Boston and San Diego, Calif.

This is not the first time Boeing's?new 787?Dreamliner?has caused issues.?With news that electrical problems plagued?a number of?new 787 planes, the Chicago-based?airplane?company's CEO Jim McNerney told?CNBC in December that problems are not unusual for a new plane just entering service:?"We're having what we would consider the normal number of squawks on a new airplane, consistent with other new airplanes we've introduced."

"We are aware of the event and are working with our customer," Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel told Reuters on Monday.

Reuters?contributed to this report.


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