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January 8, 2013

Fuel Leak Grounds Another Japan Airlines 787 In Boston

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An NTSB investigator examines damage in the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that caught fire on Monday. (Photo by NTSB)

A fuel leak grounded a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 in Boston on Tuesday, just a day after another of the airline’s 787s caught fire at the same airport.

About 40 gallons of fuel leaked from the plane as it was taxiing to the runway for departure at around 12:30 pm. The crew discovered the leak and the plane was towed back to the gate. The cause of the leak was not immediately clear.

The NTSB on Tuesday also shared more details about Monday’s fire, confirming that it started in an auxiliary power unit battery. The battery suffered severe damage, and a surrounding area around 20-inches in diameter was also damaged by heat.

This Popular Mechanics article published today (written by yours truly) offers a rundown of the 787’s advanced use of lithium-ion batteries and its prior electrical issues.

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  • sjwecks

    Of course, I don’t have any proof and am mainly talking out of my rear, but why does this feel like sabotage to me? Irritating but not strictly speaking passenger-threatening problems that call the product’s quality into question? Right as the A350 is beginning testing? Like I said, abject speculation, but interesting to consider…