Reports: Engine fire at Boeing SC delays 787

Virgin Atlantic is a British carrier.

Delivery of a 787 Dreamliner to Virgin Atlantic Airways has been delayed because of an engine fire that damaged part of the wing during testing at Boeing Co.’s campus in North Charleston, according to reports.

The 787-9 was supposed to be delivered to Virgin Atlantic last month.

It is now scheduled for delivery next week, according to a database of Dreamliner production information compiled by Uresh Sheth for the “All Things 787” website.

Boeing representatives did not respond to a request for information.

“For the past few weeks it had been inside building 88-30 undergoing repairs to the wing in an area near the engine,” Sheth said. “Apparently the wing was damaged by an engine fire while the engine was running during a test on the flightline.”

It is not clear why the fire started. The engines on the Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner are Rolls Royce Trent 1000 models.

In July 2012, a 787 engine drive shaft failed during a pre-flight taxi test near the North Charleston plant. That led to debris ejecting from the back of the engine, igniting a small fire near the runway. That engine was made by General Electric.

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