South Carolina airport shuts down after debris falls from Boeing 787

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CHARLESTON, S.C. —

Debris fell from a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner Saturday afternoon which caused a South Carolina airport to shut down briefly, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

 

The incident happened at Charleston International Airport when something fell from an airplane and caused a small grass fire.

 

The runway was closed for about an hour to put out the fire and to conduct a sweep after finding metal debris.

 

Before the incident was reported, a Boeing 787 was seen taxiing on the runway.

 

Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the aircraft experienced an engine issue during a pre-flight runway test in North Charleston when the incident occurred.

 

No injuries were reported, and the National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate.