Debris from Boeing 787 engine sparks fire in US

CHARLESTON, South Carolina - U.S. officials are trying to determine why debris fell from the engine of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, starting a fire and forcing officials to shut down a South Carolina airport.

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Published: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 11:38 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:40 AM

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that debris from the aircraft fell onto the runway at Charleston International Airport and into the grass Saturday, sparking a blaze that closed the airport for more than an hour.

Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger says the aircraft was undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston when the incident occurred. Eslinger says the 787 was the latest one built at the Boeing campus in North Charleston.

No one was injured in the incident, and Eslinger says production will not be affected.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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