Wednesday, 16th January 2013
In General Japan News,
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines ground 787 Dreamliners
Following yet another incident with their aircraft, both All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines have grounded their fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes.
The decision by the airlines comes after a 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport.
It was reported that the pilot smelt something strange aboard the ANA flight from Yamaguchi airport to Haneda, in Tokyo, and the monitors in the cockpit showed there was a battery malfunction.
ANA apologised for the incident, in which all 129 passengers on board and eight crew members were evacuated from the plane.
Osamu Shinobe, ANA senior executive vice president, said: "We are very sorry to have caused passengers and their family members so much concern."
The Federal Aviation Authority had already ordered a review of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after one of the planes owned by Japan Airlines was involved in two fuel leakage incidents.
Japan's transport ministry had also ordered its own investigation following the initial problems with fuel leaking from a particular Japan Airlines owned Boeing 787.
Written by Mark Smith
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