Boeing Shares Tumble After 787 Catches Fire in Logan Airport

Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic, and Jim McNerney, president and CEO of Boeing, speak at the press conference about Virgin Atlantic and Boeing environmental partnership on April 24, 2007 in Chicago, Ill.

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My flight home from San Diego opened with a propaganda video from United Airlines about how excited they are to be taking delivery of their first Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplane. Meanwhile, Boeing shares are down 2.6 percent today on the news that a Dreamliner randomly caught fire on the ground today in Boston’s Logan Airport.

The reassuring news, allegedly, is that since this fire related to the auxiliary power system it couldn’t happen while people were actually aboard a flying plane.