Things are going from bad to worse for JAL and their 787′s, with reports today of a second 787 in an incident at Boston.
A second 787 suffered a fuel leak incident at Boston, where after the plane left the gate, about 40 gallons (151 litres) of spilled fuel was found.
Passengers and crew were de-planed (187 passenger, 11 crew), with no one hurt,and the plane re-entered service that evening.
Causes have yet to be identified, but this isn’t exactly what I’d call confidence building. with two 787 incidents with the same airline in two days.
Japan Airlines stated the second Dreamliner had returned to the gate because of mechanical issues and details were not yet confirmed according to the airline.
Meanwhile in a small blow for the 787 project The Civil Aviation Administration of China is currently not willing to certify the 787 for Entry Into Service because of safety concerns and delivery delays according to ATW. Certification as the name suggests is when an aircraft has met an aviation bodies requirements and safety specifications – which the Chinese Authorities seem to be unwilling to do at this time.
Lie any new modern aircraft, the 787 has an awful lot of growing up to do, awful quick. Incidents like the past two days don’t inspire confidence in the least.
HT: Adam through the comments, http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01/08/fuel-leaks-from-dreamliner-flight-tokyo/bL83P1vSeCRjSeOfsWXlXM/story.html,