Latest Dreamliner Hiccup: Toilets Won't Flush
2 Japan Airlines flights turned around
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2013 5:02 AM CDT
In this May 20, 2013 file photo, a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen, File)

(Newser) Yet another set of problems has emerged for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, forcing two Japan Airlines flights to turn around just days after the airline announced a switch to Airbus. On a flight from San Diego to Tokyo, one of two anti-ice systems stopped working, the BBC reports, sending the plane back within hours, NBC 7 notes. And on a flight from Moscow, the toilets wouldn't flush "and the device to heat meals also had a problem," a JAL spokesman tells AFP.

He said the problem was electrical, though unrelated to the plane's much-maligned batteries. The second plane returned five hours after takeoff, the Guardian reports. In further bad news, Norwegian Air Shuttle is set to ground a second Dreamliner as a precaution; the budget airline's first 787 had a series of electrical and hydraulic problems, Reuters reports. The jet has "got to improve: it can't keep doing what it has been doing and it has been very frustrating," says a leading Boeing customer, who rents the planes to Norwegian Air Shuttle.