Boeing PR team reacts to Dreamliner fire report

LONDON: Boeing has responded that it is "confident the 787 is safe" following a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch into the fire on a plane at Heathrow Airport in London last Friday.

LONDON: Boeing has responded that it is “confident the 787 is safe” following a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch into the fire on a plane at Heathrow Airport in London last Friday.

The AAIB said Thursday that last week's fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines plane at Heathrow may have been caused by the emergency locator transmitter (ELT), used to locate aircraft after a crash. It recommended that all ELTs should be turned off while it investigates and that regulators conduct a safety review of similar components in other aircraft.

This follows the grounding of all 50 Dreamliners in service worldwide in January after two separate incidents concerning batteries.

Dan Mosely, communications manager for Europe for Boeing commercial airplanes, said the company was limited in the response it could make while the investigation was ongoing.

“There is something called Annex 13, which means the AAIB is the only authorized party that can talk about the investigation,” he said. “Yesterday was an interim report, and these recommendations will need to be interpreted by the [US] Federal Aviation Authority.”

Mosely said Boeing was planning a fuller response in a few weeks when the investigation was complete.

Boeing's statement said: “The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority…As a party to the investigation, Boeing supports the two recommendations from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which we think are reasonable precautionary measures to take as the investigation proceeds.”

“We are working proactively to support the regulatory authorities in taking appropriate action in response to these recommendations, in co-ordination with our customers, suppliers, and other commercial airplane manufacturers…We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity,” the statement continued.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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