Boeing’s troubled 787 Dreamliner just can’t seem to get a break to go its way, as another new incident was recorded on a Japan Airlines 787 bound for Bangkok from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Maintenance workers of this specific plane said that they observed smoke coming from the main battery – which incidentally is the main issue why the United States plane maker’s top of the line passenger plane model was grounded for so long.
Maintenance workers revealed that they saw smoke and an unidentified liquid coming from the main battery. Alarms and indications in the cockpit indicated faults with the battery power pack and its charger. Japan Airlines said that no other equipment was affected by the incident. Japanese airlines are Boeing’s biggest clients for the Dreamliner, and it seems like these airline companies are not getting any favors for the trust they continue to show Boeing’s newest airplane. The Dreamliner was grounded for a long period of time after it was discovered that the batteries were defective and were causing fires on the plane.
This new issue is the most recent in a long line of incidents that have plagued the Dreamliners in service just this month. Before this, Japan’s All Nippon Airways recently cancelled one 787 Dreamliner flight from Yamaguchi prefecture to Tokyo due to brake problems. Before that, JAL also cancelled a flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport because of a fuel leak. And then on the day before that, an electrical fire was recorded on another JAL 787 after a flight to Boston from Tokyo.
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