A battery in the Auxiliary Power Unit of Japan Airlines Boeing 787 caught fire when the aircraft was parked at Boston Logan Airport following flight JL8 from Tokyo Narita on
January 7. Nobody was hurt as the 184 passengers and crew had already disembarked. Two engineers, one inside the rear cabin and the other one on the ramp are reported to have detected smoke coming from the rear hold during the turnaround phase. Fire crews were quickly at the scene and one fire-fighter is reported to have been slightly injured during the incident.
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner has been attracting the wrong kind of headlines recently. Having entered commercial service significantly late due to development problems the type has suffered several setbacks.
In December technical problems caused a United Airlines 787 to make an emergency landing at New Orleans while Qatar Airways temporarily grounded one of its Dreamliners due to an electrical fault. During the same month the US Federal Aviation Administration announced it had found errors in the type’s fuel line couplings.