Oven On Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliner Owned By Air India Overheats During Domestic Flight, Causing Smoke But No Fire Or Injuries

on July 26 2013 8:37 AM
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the passenger jet that was grounded around the world after flaws in its battery compartment were found to pose a fire risk, is back in the skies. Reuters

An oven onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was flying over the subcontinent during a domestic Air India flight overheated this week causing smoke but didn't interrupt services, the carrier said Friday. No fire was reported and there were no injuries to crew or passengers.

The state-run Indian carrier said that an investigation is under way into the cause of the oven's overheating, Reuters reported.

This is the latest in a series of problems that have plagued Chicago-based Boeing Company's (NYSE:BA) Dreamliner, which is made of ultra-light carbon fiber for greater fuel economy and contains advanced lithium-ion batteries.

Earlier this month, a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines-owned 787 Dreamliner parked at London's Heathrow Airport raised fears of a second grounding of the plane, which had been barred from flying January to May after a series of problems and a battery fire on the ground in Boston. The London incident turned out to be unrelated to the Dreamliner's batteries but was later tied to an emergency location transmitter made by Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON).

A spokesman for the airline said that the flight on Wednesday from New Delhi to Kolkata didn't cause a fire, adding that Air India was in touch with Boeing over the matter.

In premarket trading on Friday, Boeing's shares appeared unaffected by the incident.

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