Friday, July 12, 2013

Nightmare of the Dreamliners: Two of Boeing's troubled new 787s break down within an HOUR as one catches fire on stand at Heathrow and another returns to Manchester with 'mechanical problem'

  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner on fire at London Heathrow Airport
  • Airport temporarily closed the runways for departures and arrivals
  • Second Dreamliner forced to return to Manchester one hour later
  • Thomson Airways passenger jet experienced 'technical difficulties'
  • Dreamliner fleet stranded by Boeing for three months following battery fires
  • Boeing shares drop six percent after incident Friday afternoon

A second Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been grounded at Manchester Airport one hour after an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet caught fire at Heathrow, forcing the airport to close its runways.

A Thomson Airways 787 heading for Florida was forced to return to Manchester at 5.40pm today due to technical issues.

Just one hour earlier, Heathrow came to a standstill after a Dreamliner caught fire on the runway, forcing all arrivals and departures to be temporarily suspended.

A fire crew was sent to a parked Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet at approximately 4.30pm Friday afternoon.

There were no passengers on the plane when the fire broke out and there are no reported injuries, a Heathrow Airport spokesman said.

Footage show the jet parked close to what appears to be an airport terminal, surrounded by several fire trucks and there appeared to be damage to the top of the plane's fuselage.

The Thomson Airways plane, which took off at 12.10 today, was heading to Sanford, Florida when it was forced to return to Manchester Airport.

'Thomson Airways can confirm that flight TOM126 travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida experienced a technical issue and the aircraft returned to Manchester Airport, as a precautionary measure,' Thomson Airways, owned by TUI Travel, said in a statement.

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