Debris from the engine of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, assembled in South Carolina, fell onto a Charleston runway Saturday, sparking a grass fire and shutting down the airport for more than an hour.
The Post and Courier of South Carolina reports two flights had to be diverted at Charleston International Airport after the incident. Nobody was hurt.
The unpainted plane was the latest one assembled at the Boeing facility in North Charleston, S.C. General Electric made the engine that was installed on the plane.
A Boeing spokesperson said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
When emergency crews responding to the fire discovered metal debris on the approach to the runway, the runway was shut down in order to sweep the area. A second runway is being rebuilt.
The 787 Dreamliner is also assembled in Everett.