Debris from Boeing 787 engine sparks fire

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine why debris fell from the engine of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, starting a fire and forcing officials to shut down Charleston International Airport.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that debris from the aircraft fell onto the runway and into the grass Saturday, sparking a blaze that closed the airport for more than an hour.

Spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the aircraft was undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston when the incident occurred. Eslinger said the 787 was the latest one built at the Boeing campus in North Charleston.

No one was injured in the incident, and Eslinger said production will not be affected.

The airport was closed for more than an hour.

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