Ethiopian Airlines Publicly Announces 787 Fire is Not Flight Safety Related

A bit of an odd announcement today, with Ethiopian saying that the accident had nothing to do with flight safety.

The fire on an unoccupied Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday was “not related to flight safety,” the carrier said Saturday.

In an emailed statement Saturday in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal, Ethiopian Airlines also said it hasn’t grounded its three otherBoeing Co. BA -4.69% Dreamliners following the incident.

The article goes on to say that an unnamed source is indicating a rear galley is the primary focus for the source of the fire.

I’m a big Boeing fan, but I can’t help thinking that this statement by Ethiopian screams of Boeing pressuring them to make it.  Boeing itself can’t come out and say, “not us!”.  But, with all the bad press they’ve got to be keenly interested in seeing this issue clarified quickly especially if it’s not their fault.

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