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Fuel Leak Prevents Dreamliner Takeoff in Boston

Jan. 8, 2013

Another Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines has encountered a problem at Boston's Logan International Airport, just a day after a fire erupted on a different Dreamliner parked at a gate.

At about 12:25 p.m. EST Tuesday, a Japan Airlines Dreamliner headed to Tokyo was taxiing out to the runway for takeoff when a fuel leak forced it to return to the terminal.

"The aircraft is being towed back to the gate as we speak," said airport spokesman Richard Walsh just over an hour later. "The status of the flight will be evaluated."

Japan Airlines, or JAL, did not immediately provide any information on the incident. A person on the scene said the leak dumped about 40 gallons of fuel on the taxi way.

"Facilities personnel responded to clean the area," Walsh said, though he could not confirm the quantity of fuel leaked.

Boeing spokeswoman Julie O'Donnell said, "We are aware of the incident and are working with our customer."

This was a different airplane than the one that caught fire Monday at Logan. The cause of that fire, which included the ignition of a lithium ion battery that starts the jet's auxiliary power unit, is being investigated by Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane involved in the fire is grounded at Logan. Its return flight to Tokyo on Monday was canceled.

The plane that had the fuel leak Tuesday was the first JAL jet to attempt to return to Tokyo since Monday's incident.



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