Tuesday, 15th January 2013
In General Japan News,
Japan's transport ministry orders 787 Dreamliner investigation
Following news of a second fuel leak on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by Japan Airlines, the country's transport ministry has announced it will be undertaking an investigation into the causes of the plane's problems.
In a statement, the ministry said: "Given the fuel leakage incidents occurred in succession, the minister directed the aviation director of the Regional Civil Aviation Bureau to open an investigation and find the causes of the two leaks as soon as possible."
The news comes after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that it had ordered a review of the 787 Dreamliner.
Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, said that the regulator felt a review was necessary despite the fact that the data submitted to the agency had not suggested the plan was unsafe.
Boeing issued a statement stating that it viewed the 787 Dreamliner as "a safe and efficient airplane" and said that it is "confident in the design and performance" of the plane.
Written by Graham McPherson
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