Heathrow: Plane catches fire on runway

A fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane has forced both runways at Heathrow Airport to close.

Nobody was on board the aircraft and no injuries have been reported.

All arrivals and departures have been suspended at the West London airport after the fire which was reported shortly after 4.30pm.

The aircraft is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a model which the company temporarily withdrew from service earlier this year for modifications after concerns that batteries on board could cause fires.

Boeing shares were down 5 percent in New York.

 

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