Battery is not suspected in Boeing 787 fire in London

Battery is not suspected in Boeing 787 fire

Air accident investigators in London said Saturday that a fire inside a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Friday did not appear to be caused by any problems with the plane's new lithium-ion batteries. That finding was a relief to Boeing and the 13 airlines that have bought the planes, which were grounded for four months worldwide this year after two episodes involving fire or smoke from the batteries. But independent experts said it was hard to understand what could have caused a fire intense enough to break through the carbon-composite skin on the top of the jet, leaving the possibility that Boeing could still face a setback if problems are found with another system on the plane. Brit­ain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in Saturday that it was still trying to identify the cause of the fire, which occurred on an unoccupied Ethiopian Airlines 787 parked at Heathrow Airport.

Sudan

Ambush kills seven U.N. peacekeepers

Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven Tanzanians and wounding 17 other people, U.N. officials said. The assault by a large group of gunmen included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 15 miles west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Peacekeepers have been targeted in the past in the region since the international force began its work in 2008. Before Saturday's attack, 150 had been killed while on duty, according to the force's website.

San Francisco

ID given for third fatality in crash

The name of a girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco emerged on Saturday. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed 15-year-old Liu Yipeng's identity and said the girl was still in her seat when she was rescued. She died Friday morning at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been in critical condition. Chinese state media said she went to school with the other two girls killed in the accident on July 6, a pair of 16-year-olds.

Nigeria

Islamist extremist threatens schools

The leader of the Islamic exrtremist group Boko Haram threatened in a video released Saturday to burn down more schools and kill teachers. Abubakar Shekau said he "fully supports" attacks on several schools in northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks.

Elsewhere

France: A rail joint that worked loose from a track switching point appears to have caused the train accident on Friday that killed six people, an official with the rail company said Saturday.

Iraq: Bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad late Saturday, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers, authorities said.

Times wires

Battery is not suspected in Boeing 787 fire in London 07/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:54am]

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