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Engine fumes halt Japan Dreamliner takeoff

Published on Sep 5, 2012 2:26 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's All Nippon Airways aborted the takeoff of a Boeing Dreamliner on Wednesday after what appeared to be white smoke was seen billowing from the plane's left engine.

The 787 was moving onto the runway at Okayama airport bound for Tokyo when clouds of fumes were seen behind the engine, television footage showed.

"We are confirming what happened. At this point, we believe it was due to a glitch with the hydraulic system," an ANA spokesman told AFP.

"Oil from the hydraulic system leaked onto the heated left engine. Because the engine is hot, the oil was vapourised, like mist," he said.

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