Monday January 14, 2013
Report: Japan ministry to probe 787 after fuel leaks
TOKYO: Japan's transport ministry said Monday it has begun examining a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which suffered two fuel leakages in less than a week.
The leaks were the latest in a series of incidents involving the new high-tech aircraft. On Friday US regulators announced an in-depth safety review of the plane.
The Japanese ministry's civil aviation bureau has set up a team of experts to investigate the Japan Airlines aircraft following the leaks at Boston on January 8 and at Tokyo's Narita airport on Sunday, Kyodo News reported.
It said Transport Minister Akihiro Ota had ordered the ministry independently to look into the cause of the incidents. The airline has also launched a probe following ministry instructions.
On Monday last week a fire broke out on a JAL Dreamliner after it landed in Boston from Japan.
JAL, along with fellow Japanese firm All Nippon Airways, is one of Boeing's most important clients for the 787 with 45 orders. - AFP