CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Boeing Co. says federal regulators are investigating after one of its 787 jets had an engine issue that sparked a fire in South Carolina, but the company remains confident in its safety.
The jet is one of Boeing's most critical products. The Chicago company delivered the first 787, known as the Dreamliner, last year following several years of design and production delays.
Boeing said Sunday that a 787 had an engine issue Saturday while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston, S.C.
The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston reported that debris from the aircraft fell on the runway at Charleston International Airport and sparked a fire in the nearby grass, which closed the airport for more than an hour.
In a statement to NewsChannel 36, Boeing had this to say regarding the incident:
"A 787 experienced an engine issue July 28 while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston. As the NTSB investigates, Boeing and GE are working closely with the agency and are committed to resolving the issue appropriately.
While the investigation is in its early stages, we are unaware of any operational issue that would present concerns about the continued safe operation of in-service 787s powered by GE engines.
However, should the investigation determine a need to act, Boeing has the processes in place to take action and will do so appropriately."