This replaces an image of a charred thermal blanket and melted electrical component
This replaces an image of a charred thermal blanket and melted electrical component

Although Plane Talking does have a set of images of the aftermath of the fire that caused the emergency landing of Dreamliner No 2 at Laredo Texas on November 9, the Seattle Times also has some expert insider commentary to explain each image.

That report is strongly recommended for those trying to form an opinion as to the effect of that incident on the certification program for the 787, beyond the indefinite suspension of all flights pending further investigation of the damage and its safety implications for the test and certification fleet of six Dreamliners.

The Boeing statements so far have been brief, and as pointed out earlier, evasive as to whether the incident revealed deficiencies in design redundancy and overall performance in an electrical fire in a structure using thin loading bearing carbon fibre reinforced plastic assemblies on an unprecedented scale for an airliner.

The top of post image shows that there was an intense fire in the thermal blanket immediately adjacent to the laminated fuselage structure comprising sheets of carbon fibre reinforced plastic glued together with epoxy resin.

The very important question is to what extent that structure, which is behind the trailing edge of the wing, was damaged, and if it has to be repaired, how the repairs in this type of structure will work, for the very first time, in real life rather than in theory.

The image below, the second in the series being circulated to media, shows the destruction of alloy components that occurred in a blaze that Boeing says lasted only 30 seconds.

This replaces an image of fire damage inside ZA002
This replaces an image of fire damage inside ZA002
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