Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dreamliner in Manchester U-Turn after New Drama ; Flight Turns around after 'Technical issue'Probe Underway into Heathrow Jet Blaze

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dreamliner in Manchester U-Turn after New Drama ; Flight Turns around after 'Technical issue'Probe Underway into Heathrow Jet Blaze

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ADREAMLINER jet flying from Manchester to Florida was forced to turn around after hitting technical problems - just hours after an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner caught fire at Heathrow Airport.

An air accident investigation is under way after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at Heathrow while on a remote parking stand.

Nobody was on board at the time of the incident and there were no injuries.

Runways were closed to all flights while emergency crews dealt with the incident, causing diversions and long delays for passengers.

Meanwhile, a Thomson Airways Dreamliner flight from Manchester to Florida had to be diverted back to the airport due to a 'technical issue'.

Thomson Airways said the returned to Manchester as a 'precautionary measure'.

A spokeswoman said: "Thomson Airways can confirm that flight TOM126 travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida experienced a technical issue and the aircraft returned to Manchester Airport, as a precautionary measure.

"Passengers have disembarked and our dedicated team of engineers are now inspecting the aircraft. Our customers will be moved to an alternative aircraft to ensure they get away on their holiday as soon as possible.

"The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to apologise for the delay caused."

The two incidents are not connected. But the aircraft has been plagued with problems since its launch.

'We of the at and a team investigate' Boeing temporarily withdrew the Dreamliner from service earlier this year for modifications after concerns that batteries on board could cause fires.

A Heathrow spokesman said: "Heathrow's runways are now fully open following an earlier fire on board an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft which the airport's emergency services attended.

"The aircraft was parked on a remote parking stand and there were no passengers on board. …

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