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Discussion in 'Newsstand' started by viguera, Jul 12, 2013.
Live video right now from sky
Looks like a ground stop right now. Not sure when things are going to get sorted out, but it looks from the video like it's nothing terribly serious, so hopefully the delays won't be too terrible for anybody headed that way.
Looks like fire damage somewhere in the rear near the tail section.
Have the prior issues with batteries been in that part of the plane?
My understanding is that previous issues were in the belly of the plane but that doesn't mean there aren't batteries there. Would seem an odd place for them.
Official Heathrow update:
Important passenger information
The runways are now fully re-opened, following an earlier internal fire on-board an aircraft. All arrivals and departures were earlier temporarily suspended while airport fire crews attended to the incident. Flights are now operating, but will be subject to delay.
Please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to Heathrow.
The Metropolitan Police Service have advised that there were no passengers on board and no reported injuries.
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This fire is not at the same place as the previous fires. The batteries are located in the forward (under the flight deck) and aft EE bays (under the floor and about where the aft portion of the wings meet the fuselage). This looks like its near the aft crew rest location. See this doc on page 4 for the aft crew rest and page 7 for the EE bay/battery locations. Go to Boeing dot com /assets/pdf/commercial/airports/arff/arff787.pdf
Sorry I cannot hotlink because I don't have enough posts.
There are two sets of Li batteries in the 787 in different locations
Neither of which iss consistent with the loction of the damage showing in thhe above photos.
The fire damage appears to be above the rear galley. I don't know where the rear electrical bay is.
Yeah based on the damage that seems to be the precise location.
A shame you didn't read the post directly above yours which had that information in it.
Ethiopian says the fire was not related to flight safety issues.
I'm a Boeing fan, but my first impression when reading this was "Did Boeing pressure Ethiopian to make a statement this quickly?"
Tough crowd. Apologis, I skimmed too quickly.
Has there been any new information as to the cause? I did hear speculation that, in light of the composite damage, this could result in a hull loss. Ouch.