Smoke Emanates From Cargo Area of Boeing 787 Aircraft
Heavy smoke was reportedly spotted emanating from the cargo area of a Boeing 787 aircraft operated by Japan Airlines at Logan International Airport in Boston by a mechanic earlier this morning.
Officials of the fire department in Boston initially believe that the source of the smoke was due to an electrical fire, as the smoke was spotted in an area where batteries used to power auxiliary avionics are housed, according to WCVB-TV, which is Channel 5 in Boston. One firefighter was injured, and the fire was extinguished within the hour.
The aircraft — which had just completed a flight from Tokyo with 184 passengers and flight crew members — was parked on the tarmac at Terminal E and had no passengers aboard at the time of the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board will reportedly assign investigators to Boston to investigate the incident.
In a report by The Gate just last month on issues which are plaguing Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines both reportedly found and repaired improperly installed couplings in several of their Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft, which resulted in fuel leaks. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States had since ordered inspections of all 38 Boeing 787 aircraft currently in service.
The aircraft has currently been grounded and at least one flight has reportedly been cancelled as a result. Meanwhile, some FlyerTalk members are wondering if they should avoid being passengers on Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft in the meantime until the issues are sorted out and confirmed fixed…