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Investigators today have called on the FAA to conduct a safety review of installations of similar Lithium-powered ELTs in other aircrafts, after it emerged that last week's fire aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner was found in its emergency locator transmitter (ELT).
In a statement, Boeing described the recommendation for the beacons to be immobilised as "a precautionary measure". It said:
There has been a number of Boeing 787 Dreamliner faults and groundings since the plane hailed as the most environmentally friendly took to the skies.
In July 2012, a fan shaft on an engine failed during tests in South Carolina.
In December of the same year, an United Airline Dreamliner made an emergency landing in New Orleans due to electrical problems.
According to the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch who is leading the investigation into a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane at Heathrow last Friday.
UK investigators have recommended disabling Honeywell emergency locator beacons in Boeing 787s planes, according to the Associated Press.
A report by the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the fire occurred in the upper portion of the rear fuselage where the emergency locator transmitter is located.
US firm Honeywell has been asked to join the investigation into the fire on a Boeing 787 at Heathrow Airport amid reports of a probe into whether the plane's emergency transmitter played a role.
The transmitter sends a signal with the plane's location if it is involved in a crash.
Honeywell would not specify why authorities asked it to participate in the investigation.
"It's far too premature to speculate on the cause, or draw conclusions," spokesman Steve Brecken said. He directed other questions to the US National Transportation Safety Board, which is helping with the investigation.
Ethiopian Airlines said it would continue to operate its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one of them caught fire at Heathrow airport.
The company's public relations department said: "We have not grounded any of our aircraft. The incident at Heathrow happened while the plane was on the ground and had been for more than eight hours and was not related to flight safety."
Asked whether the airline has determined the cause of the fire, Ethiopian Airlines said: "There is no new development. No safety issue. The incident is being investigated to determine cause of smoke."
Air accident experts will continue their investigation today into the cause of a fire on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet at Heathrow Airport which left thousands of passengers facing travel chaos.
Heathrow Airport has warned that there will be some cancellations and delays to flights.
The airport's website is advising passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to Heathrow.