“Boeing’s recommendation of fleet-wide checks of the Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) suggests that Boeing thinks it is not a 787 problem, but an ELT problem,” said Paul Hayes, director of safety at UK-based aviation consultancy Ascend.
The July 12 fire reawakened concern in the industry about Boeing’s advanced carbon-composite Dreamliner, which was grounded for more three months this year after two incidents involving overheated lithium-ion batteries.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the London fire was not related to those batteries.
Airbus said it would carry out a review of the way the emergency beacons are installed onboard its planes, but stopped short of asking airlines to inspect them across its fleet.
“Our records do not show any incidents of this nature,” a spokesman for the European planemaker said.
“However, as a precautionary measure, we will do an additional review of the integration of the device in order to determine whether there is a need to apply any lessons from the AAIB findings,” the spokesman said.
The fire on the Ethiopian-owned jet broke out after it had been parked for eight hours at a remote airport stand.