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Heathrow airport reopens after plane fire


11:53, July 13, 2013

File photo taken on Aug. 17, 2012 shows a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines at Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. London Heathrow airport had closed both its runways due to a fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane, local media said on July 12, 2013. A Heathrow spokeswoman said there were no passengers aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

LONDON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Runways at London's Heathrow airport reopened late Friday afternoon, about an hour after fire on a plane that forced staff to close the airport.

The blaze on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet was spotted at about 16:30 local time, or 15:30 GMT. No passengers were on board at the time of the incident, and the plane was parking on a remote parking stand, therefore there were no casualties reported so far.

London Fire Brigade has sent its crews to assist Heathrow staff.

Arrivals and departures were temporarily suspended. The airport advised passengers to check the status of their flights with the airlines before making the journey.

The plane was among the 50 Dreamliners worldwide grounded after malfunctions with their batteries. Flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, it was on the first commercial flight since the grounding.

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