UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed the cause of a 2013 fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 at London Heathrow Airport. It was caused by thermal runaway in the lithium metal batteries of the aircraft’s Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT), AAIB has stated in an official report. In the report into the July 12, 2013 fire, which it classed as a “serious incident,” AAIB found that the fire, which badly damaged the crown of the ...

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