Yesterday’s 787 fire was not caused by batteries!
Yesterday’s fire onboard a 787 Dreamliner parked at Heathrow airport in London, was apparently not caused by a battery fire, despite the recent battery incidents on the 787.
In a follow-up from yesterday’s article, investigators have concluded that the fire that started yesterday on a Ethipopa Airlines 787 Dreamliner jet parked on the tarmac at Heathrow International Airport in London, UK, was not caused by the Li-Ion batteries (The 787 line of jets were grounded at the beginning of the year due to an issue in the battery design that caused them to overheat and catch fire).
Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch issued a statement about the fire, which forced Heathrow to shut down all air traffic yesterday afternoon:
There has been extensive heat damage in the upper portion of the rear fuselage, a complex part of the aircraft, and the initial investigation is likely to take several days. However, it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and, at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship.
Here we see Boeing losing its superstitious customer base.
So we have good news and bad news. The good news is that Boeing executives can breathe easy as this isn’t the same issue plaguing them once more. In turn, we can breathe easy that the FAA, which recently gave an okay for the Dreamliners to fly again, weren’t incompetent in their assessment of the batteries. The bad news is that there’s still been a fire onboard the 787, and we can’t explain why yet. This plane is not getting a good reputation.