Continued Turbulence for JAL – Fuel Leak at Boston

Fire Trucks Respond to JAL 787 Fuel Leak

Fire Trucks Respond to JAL 787 Fuel Leak

JAL 787 Dreamliner Fuel Leak at Boston-Logan Airport

One day after a fire broke out in the rear electronics bay of a JAL Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), another JAL Dreamliner has experienced problems.

After JAL Flight 8 from Tokyo-Narita (NRT) arrived into Boston today, the aircraft was turned to operate as JAL flight 7 back to Tokyo. Shortly after JAL 7 pushed back from the gate and began to taxi, a fuel leak was discovered on the left side of the aircraft. Massport Fire and Rescue promptly met the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to evaluate the fuel leak.

According to Massport, the engines were powered down and passengers were safely deplaned into Concourse E, the international terminal at Boston Logan.

The technical problem which caused the fuel leak was fixed and Japan Airlines Flight 7 departed for Tokyo at 4pm and arrived safely in Tokyo after taking a polar route according to data available on

The aircraft involved with the fuel leak is a different plane than the one involved with battery fire yesterday. This is the second day Japan Airlines (JAL) has encountered problems at Boston’s Logan Airport with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

In most cases, something like a fuel leak would not gain significant media attention, but this is a new aircraft with significantly new technology. New aircraft commonly face heavy scrutiny each time something happens and the media has been watching closely in light of battery fire yesterday.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is made of composite materials and uses an electric system significantly different than traditional aircraft. Boeing has acknowledged the aircraft is facing “teething problems” and is working with Boeing 787 operators to resolve the problems.

Monday’s battery fire still remains under investigation by the NTSB, Boeing, and Japan Airlines.

The JAL Dreamliner aircraft is powered by General Electric GE-nx1B engines.

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