Problems mount for Boeing Dreamliner

For the second straight day a Japan Airlines plane had problems at Boston's Logan Airport


Associated Press
January 9, 2013 6:25PM (UTC)

BOSTON — A Boeing 787 was towed back to the gate for evaluation Tuesday after about 40 gallons of fuel spilled from an outbound Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo in the second incident involving the airliner at Logan International Aiport in two days.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

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A Japan Airlines spokeswoman said the crew had reported a “mechanical issue.” The noon flight was rescheduled for mid-afternoon departure.

On Monday, a fire broke out in a battery pack in the belly of a different Japan Airlines Boeing 787, filling the cabin with smoke minutes after passengers disembarked.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it was sending two more investigators to Boston to examine the plane that caught fire. The NTSB says the battery had “severe fire damage.”

Boeing says the problem that caused Monday’s fire appears to be unrelated to previous electrical problems on the 787.

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