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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes unscheduled landing at Boston airport

July 18, 2013|By W.J. Hennigan
  • A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow… (Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty…)

A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines had to return to Boston's Logan International Airport after an indicator light came on in the cockpit.

Japan Airlines Co. Flight 7 was bound for Tokyo, but instead made a U-turn over Canada and landed in Boston.

“As a standard precautionary measure due to a maintenance message -- fuel pump indicator -- JL007 bound for Tokyo-Narita is returning to Boston Logan for check,” airline spokeswoman Carol Anderson said.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said the 787 circled in the vicinity of the airport to burn off fuel before landing.

“An emergency was not declared on the flight,” said Matthew Brelis, spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates the airport. “It landed safely at Logan.”

The airport was also the site of a fire that was found smoldering in the belly of a 787 in January. After an investigation, the plane’s batteries were found to have overheated, and after a second event, federal regulators banned all 787 planes from flying for nearly four months.

Japan Airlines' unscheduled landing Thursday comes less than a week after a fire broke out on an empty 787 parked at London’s Heathrow Airport.

On Thursday, British accident investigators determined that an emergency device was probably responsible for the fire and advised it to be disabled on all planes.

There is no indication that the unscheduled landing at Logan is linked in any way to the months-long grounding or the fire in London.


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