Report: Flames Seen, Some Controls Lost On Boeing 'Dreamliner'

The Seattle Times has more details about what happened aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner test flight yesterday before pilots had to make an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas.

Here's some of what the Times is reporting:

— "Flames were seen in the rear electrical/electronics bay, which is underneath the passenger cabin, said two people who were informed of the details."

— "The fire affected the cockpit controls and the jet lost its primary flight displays and its auto-throttle, according to a person familiar with the incident."

Once on the ground, the 42 people on board evacuated safely via the emergency slides, the AP adds. has a map of the plane's route. The flight began in Arizona. After flying north to Montana, the jet turned east to Minnesota and then headed south toward Texas.

Today, Boeing said it is not going to do any more test flights of the jets until the cause of yesterday's problems is determined and fixed. At this hour, the company's stock is down about 3%.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a flight in July.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a flight in July. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As the Times writes, "the troubled Dreamliner program is vital to Boeing's future. After a wildly successful sales period, the plane still has 847 orders on the books even after some cancellations from all the delays."

The jet is designed to be lightweight and fuel-efficient. It is "the world's first mostly carbon fiber jetliner."

Back in 2005, This American Life reported about what it's like to be on board during an emergency landing — with real audio of a crew member telling passengers to "brace! brace! brace!"



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