The Straits Times
Published on Jun 11, 2013

Singapore-bound JAL Dreamliner flight aborted


TOKYO (AFP) - A Singapore-bound JAL Dreamliner flight had to be aborted mid-air after developing a glitch with its anti-icing system, its Japanese operator said on Tuesday, the latest setback for Boeing's flagship plane.

The 787, operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) was turned around shortly after leaving Tokyo's Haneda airport at 0:30 am Singapore time, a spokesman said.

"Several minutes into the flight, a message came on in the cockpit indicating a glitch with the anti-icing system for the left engine," he said.

"The glitch could not be sorted out quickly. The pilot expected some cloud and other elements en route to Singapore that could cause ice to form. So the decision was made to return to Haneda."