The Boeing Dreamliner that took off from the United States, had to make an emergency stop in Scotland.
The Boeing Dreamliner plane that had 248 passengers onboard, had to make an emergency landing on the Glasgow airport after taking off from Chicago. The incident happened on Friday as the crew got an alert from the fire protection system which was in the baggage hold.
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Emergency services were provided from the Polish state airline LOT, which was heading to Warsaw. The good thing about the emergency landing was that other traffic coming to the airport was not affected.
The plane was cleared as safe and it was reported by an airport spokesman. After the landing, there were several types of checks on the fire alarm system.
The Boeing spokesman told the reporters that “we are aware of the LOT diversion of a 787 into Glasgow”. He also told the reporters that they are working with their customers and that at that given time they had no further details for the press.
It is really weird as the diversion of the plane came just days after the US Federal Aviation Administration told the Dreamliner to upgrade parts in order to ensure fire suppression in its cargo hold.
If there is any technical fault with the 787, then that is going to add more to the earlier problems. Boeing which is estimated at $32 billion entered commercial service some three years ago.
The Boeing planes have had problems in the past. The global 787 was grounded from January to April when two lithium-ion batteries were burned out. This happened in two separate countries, once in Japan and once in United States.
The batteries are placed in the electrical equipment bay and this is the area where the FAA was stressing on. Boeing told us that the FAA action didn’t involve the batteries but instead proposed for improving foam-like plugs.
The plugs are in the battery area in order to prevent Halon which is a fire fighting chemical. This chemical helps in escaping if a fire breaks out.
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