Boeing 787 Grounded in Japan After Series of Glitches, Minor Mishaps Cause Safety Concerns

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Japan’s two major airlines grounded all of their Boeing 787s after one of the planes made an emergency landing on Wednesday.

UPDATE: FAA has grounded United Airlines fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft until battery issues are resolved.

Japan’s two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s on Wednesday after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing. All Nippon Airways reported instruments aboard a domestic flight indicated a battery error, triggering emergency warnings to the pilots. Shigeru Takano, a senior safety official at the Civil Aviation Bureau, said a another warning light indicated smoke. the latest in a series of incidents in recent days to heighten safety concerns over a sequence of mishaps and glitches, including a battery fire, fuel leaks, wiring problem, a brake computer glitch and a cracked cockpit window.

Japan Airlines reported it suspended operations of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet Wednesday following the emergency landing of the All Nippon Airways Co. Boeing 787 earlier in the day.

All Nippon Airways was the first operator providing service with a Boeing 787 on October 26, 2011. All Nippon has taken the most deliveries of the aircraft with at least 17. Japan Airlines has taken delivery of at least seven aircraft, and United Airlines has taken delivery of at least six.

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