Julian Bray writes: It is very easy to jump in, as have the usual crop of former Dakota pilots turned armchair media pundits, short on hard facts, but long on hot air. They have been doing the rounds, and poking fun at the troubles TWO new Boeing 787 Dreamliners are going through.
To have one Thompson Holidays highly promoted aircraft go technical dumping fuel before returning to Manchester Airport and a second Dreamliner burst into flames whilst it is EMPTY and the plastic aircraft (well, carbon fibre...) just parked up in the extreme heat for a full eight hours on the hanger apron at London Heathrow, literally hot enough to fry eggs on, is a run of bad luck just gone too far.
It was in the UK, the hottest day of the year, flames were seen at the tail end of the Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner, such was the Heathrow aircraft incident. The locus of this fire, an area well away from the previously troublesome lithium batteries, that are now grouped in three locations; and in fireproof externally vented retrofitted flush fitting pods. A development correctly forecast on this blog. Somehow the innovative carbon fibre body caught fire and for the world to see, cruelly exposed the intricate lattice work beneath the carbon fibre outer skin. As we said no one was on board. It seemingly just happened.... The value of Boeing shares closed Friday at $101.87, down about 5%.
|'Gone Technical' dumped fuel and returned to sunny Manchester Airport|
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