Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire at Boston airport

By Divya Prakash,

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at Boston’s Logan Airport while parked at the gate on Monday morning. There were no passengers in the plane at the time.

The cause of the morning fire aboard the Japan Airlines aircraft was determined to be electrical components under the plane. The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The Wall Street Journal reports that around 10:45 a.m., “smoke was observed in the cockpit of the jet while it was parked at a gate at the airport's international terminal."

The Associated Press reports that the aircraft had been entirely vacated by the time of the fire. It had landed approximately 15 minutes before the fire was noticed.

The new Boeing has been plagued by many electrical problems since its unveiling in 2009. After an initial electrical glitch that caused an overhaul of the design during the testing phase, the Dreamliner then made the news as United Airlines and Qatar Airways reported the grounding of planes with electrical problems.

In April, Japan Airlines began using the new Dreamliner for a non-stop trip between Boston and Tokyo.

According to Reuters, the 787 uses electrical power to drive processes that older aircrafts run by harnessing the air pressure generated by the engines.

Boeing has not been available for comment and is directing all inquiries to Japan Airlines.

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