New incident forces Dreamliner to fly back to UK airport

12th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner had to fly back to Britain's Manchester Airport due to a "technical issue" after take-off on Friday, an hour after a fire on another Dreamliner shut down London's Heathrow 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," the airline said in a statement.

"Passengers have disembarked and our dedicated team of engineers are now inspecting the aircraft."

A spokesman for Manchester Airport in northwest England confirmed that the plane was a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and said it had landed safely at around 1640 GMT.

Just an hour earlier, London's main airport Heathrow was forced to suspend both its runways after a parked Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner caught fire. No injuries were reported.

Heathrow was shut down for around an hour-and-a- half. The airport announced at 1700 GMT that services were resuming, but warned passengers to expect delays.

Television images showed the Dreamliner surrounded by pools of foam, with three fire engines on the scene.

The two incidents come after Boeing temporarily withdrew the Dreamliner from service earlier this year for modifications after concerns that batteries on board could cause fires.

© 2013 AFP

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