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Japan Air Scrubs 787 Flight After Sensor Fault in Battery Box

June 02, 2013

Japan Air Scrubs 787 Flight After Sensor Fault in Battery Box

Japan Airlines Co. replaced the Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner to be used for Flight JL021 with a Boeing 767-300, incurring a 1 hour 5 minute delay in the process. The swap took place at Haneda airport in Tokyo. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Japan Airlines Co. said it had to replace a Boeing Co. 787 with another plane after a sensor indicated a problem with the Dreamliner’s battery box.

Tape covering two holes used to regulate airflow in case of a battery fault in the auxiliary power unit was not removed after testing, triggering the alert, JAL said in a statement today. “The battery showed no abnormality,” it added.

The global 787 fleet has only just begun resuming operations after a battery flaw in January triggered a worldwide grounding that also halted new deliveries. Boeing had to modify the battery system to address safety concerns.

JAL replaced the Dreamliner to be used for Flight JL021 with a Boeing 767-300, incurring a 1 hour 5 minute delay in the process. The swap took place at Haneda airport in Tokyo.

The affected Dreamliner had flown twice the day before without incident, JAL said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Wall in London at rwall6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Jasper at cjasper@bloomberg.net


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