Yet Another Woe for the Dreamliner
Grounded Japan Airlines 787 leaks fuel
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:03 AM CST
A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston last week.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

(Newser) – Growing pains, or a more serious issue with Boeing's newest aircraft? A fuel leak is being investigated on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, adding to the long list of problems the aircraft has experienced in recent weeks, Bloomberg reports. Yesterday's leak follows problems including another fuel leak, a cracked windscreen, a fire, and braking problems.

In the latest incident, workers at Tokyo's Narita Airport discovered fuel leaking from a nozzle on the left wing of the same plane that had a fuel leak in Boston last week. The airline says the plane was not meant to fly that day and no workers were injured. The FAA is reviewing the Dreamliner but says it is safe to fly and the eight airlines that operate the 50 jets delivered so far have expressed support for the model despite the series of issues, Reuters reports.

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Jan 29, 2013 6:02 AM CST
Obviously, the FAA is not qualified to be making decisions about aircraft safety. Maybe we should hand the whole problem over to Consumer Reports, which would probably ground this flying bucket of horrors.
Jan 25, 2013 8:34 AM CST
ban the faa they kill people! would you fly the dream?
Jan 15, 2013 2:41 PM CST
The media's really doing us all a disservice with this alarmist rhetoric. These little hiccups happen with EVERY new aircraft; they always have.Read what this aircraft mechanic is saying: Heck, check out the site he links to that documents every airline safety incident that gets logged each and every day. (Actually, don't if you're afraid of flying.) The only reason the FAA is investigating is because thanks to the 24-hour news cycle we're more aware than ever about every tiny little mishap.