Boeing 787 Catches Fire at Gate in Boston

A fire broke out on a Boeing (NYSE:BA) 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines and was discovered after passengers had left the plane at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Federal investigators were looking into the incident, the latest in a series of problems that have dogged Boeing’s newest high-tech commercial jet. No one was injured in the fire, which occured in a compartment containing an auxillary power system in the jet’s underbelly and was promptly extinguished by firefighters, NBCNews noted.

The 787 Dreamliner is Boeing’s answer to European rival Airbus’ A350 jet. The Dreamliner is made from composite materials that reduce the plane’s weight, and features an increased range of electronic technology.  The Dreamliner faced numerous delays during its development and production.

Last month, a Dreamliner made an emergency landing due to electrical problems. The Federal Aviation Agency has also ordered airlines to inspect some Dreamliners for possible fuel leaks.

Aviation experts noted that the Dreamliner’s tech-heavy profile could also mean it will experience more glitches during its first years in service. Regulators would be looking to see if the problems so far reported isolated anomalies, or related to a larger design flaw.

Shares of Boeing fell more than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.

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