Boeing responds to fire that caused its share price to plummet over 6.5 per cent

Airline company Boeing has issued a statement on Twitter after a fire on one of its planes at Heathrow airport caused shares to plummet over 6.5 per cent.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire at Heathrow airport earlier today, forcing the closure of both of its runways.

Arrivals and departures were suspended after the incident at 16:30, a spokesman for the airport said. No passengers were aboard at the time.

In January, fifty Dreamliners worldwide were grounded due to battery malfunctions. Boeing later installed new batteries and flights resumed in April. It was an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner called the Queen of Sheba – the same plane involved in this incident – that flew the first commercial flight since the grounding.