Another Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire

There's a double dose of bad news, out of the U.K., for Boeing's Dreamliner.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been anything but a dream.

In the latest incident, London's Heathrow Airport shut down flights for about an hour on Friday when an Ethiopian Airlines 787 caught fire. There were no passengers aboard the aircraft, Wall Street Journal reports.

"We’re aware of the 787 event and have Boeing personnel there. We're working to fully understand and address this," Boeing said in a statement on Twitter. The cause of the fire has not been released, but official say it's not battery-related.

The Dreamliner was originally grounded back in January after a battery caught fire. Then, in April, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved Boeing's battery fix and everything seemed to be back on track after Ethiopian Airlines flew the first commercial flight since the incident. But since then, the re-introduction of the aircraft has seen plenty of turbulence.

A recent report found that nearly four percent of United's Dreamliner flights were cancelled , compared to one percent for the rest of its fleet. And numerous incidents -- from emergency landings to malfunctioning parts -- have plagued the aircraft. In fact, the fire at Heathrow wasn't even the only 787 incident in the U.K. today. A flight from Manchester to Florida was forced to turn around mid-flight because of a technical issue.

Will all these incidents be enough for the aircraft to be grounded again? We'll have to wait and see. But shareholders weren't waiting around. Boeing stock, after recently hitting its peak for the year, tumbled as much as 6 percent on news of the fire.

Read more: WSJ

Photo: Flickr/space.cadet

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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