Second Boeing incident raises questions about 787
BOSTON (AFP) - A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that was to fly to Tokyo was grounded in Boston on Tuesday following a fuel spill, one day after another plane of the same type suffered a fire, government officials said.
"Japan Airlines flight 7 was leaking fuel as it was about to take off," said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for Massport, the local airport authority. Around 150 litres of fuel spilled, according to Brelis.
Since the incident around midday, the spill has been stopped and the tarmac cleaned up, Mr Brelis added. The plane is currently being analysed and the reasons for the problem are not yet known, said a spokesperson for JAL.
It was the second incident involving a Boeing 787 in two days. On Monday, a smoky fire broke out on another JAL aircraft of the same model after it landed in Boston from Japan. A Boeing statement said it would be "premature" to discuss Monday's incident prior to a complete investigation.