Boeing plane catches fire


Published Jan 8, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner passenger jet was found to be on fire Monday after arriving at Boston’s Logan International Airport from Tokyo.

The fire was discovered at 10:30 a.m. EST by a mechanic who saw smoke in the cabin once all passengers from the Japan Airlines flight were unloaded at the gate 15 minutes earlier, said airport spokesman Richard Walsh.

Firefighters used infrared equipment to determine the source of the smoke and found a strong heat signature in the underbelly of the aircraft, Walsh said.

A second fire erupted after a battery exploded, Walsh said.

The fires were fought for 30 to 40 minutes by about 40 personnel.

There were no injuries, but a firefighter was treated for skin irritation likely caused by the battery explosion, Walsh said.