Update: Boeing’s North Charleston plant working with Air India on 787 oven fire
A fire broke out in the rear galley area of on an Air India 787 flying from New Delhi to Kolkata Wednesday, according to a media report out of India.
The report cited an unnamed official who said the fire happened in the galley’s oven and was controlled mid-flight.
The plane landed in Kolkata, where it was checked out and the oven was removed. The jet was then continued to operate, according to the official who spoke to Livemint, an Indian publication associated with the Wall Street Journal.
The airplane’s registration number is VT-ANL, according to the report. That corresponds with the fourth 787 Dreamliner to roll out of the North Charleston final assembly factory. It was delivered to Air India about seven months ago.
An unnamed Air India spokesman quoted in the Livemint report called the incident “minor” and said it had been reported to Boeing Co.
Boeing South Carolina spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said today in a written statement that company officials “are of the issue and are working with our customer.”
Eslinger would not confirm the plane was assembled in South Carolina.
There have been other fires on Boeing 787s this year. In January a pair of smoky battery incidents on Japanese-owned Dreamliners, including a fire at Boston’s Logan Airport, led the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the high-tech but glitchy jet for more than three months.
Then, on July 12, an Ethiopian Airlines 787 caught fire while parked at London’s Heathrow Airport. Investigators believe the plane’s emergency locator transmitter was a cause of or contributor to that fire.
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