JAL Dreamliner catches fire in Boston

8 Jan 2013

A fire broke out on one of Japan Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Boston Logan International Airport, soon after it wrapped up a flight from Tokyo Narita.

At approximately 1030 EST on Monday (January 7), after passengers and crew members had disembarked the carrier, smoke was “discovered in the aft section of the cabin,” states an official statement from the carrier. “The fire department was called and the fire was extinguished. There were no injuries among the passengers or crew members.”

The fire came from a battery used for the auxiliary power unit, located in an electrical room. The causes of the fire are still unclear and under investigation. “As this incident occurred in the United States of America, detailed investigations into this incident will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).”

The inspections will not only be carried out on this aircraft but also the carrier’s other six Dreamliners, and are expected to be completed by tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon Japan Standard Time. For now, the carrier has no plans to change operations of its other six Dreamliners.

This incident came after a string of others that have affected Dreamliner aircraft of different carriers. As reported earlier (see story here), both United and Qatar Airways experienced technical glitches that forced the former to make an emergency landing and the latter to ground its new aircraft for a few days.

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Alisha Haridasani


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