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A parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire.

A parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at London Heathrow airport on Friday,sparking an investigation just 11 weeks after regulators ended a worldwide grounding of the same type of aircraft.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear,but images showed the damage in a different part of the aircraft from bays where burning batteries had triggered the four-month grounding. Other operators said they would continue flying the 787,the world’s first passenger jet built mainly from carbon-composites.

Boeing has delivered 68 Dreamliners to 13 airlines.In total,it has sold 930 of the lightweight carbon-plastic jets,which have an average list price around $250 million.Orders include 519 of the 210-250-seat 787-8 model,which entered service in 2011 and is so far the only type flying. A larger 250-290-seat version,the 787-9 Dreamliner,is expected to make its maiden flight later this year.

Last month,Boeing launched a 323-seat version known as the 787-10 with 80 new orders. It will enter service in 2018-19. European rival Airbus has begun flight trials of a competing carbon-composite jet,the A350.

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First published on: 13-07-2013 at 10:40:16 am
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