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Airlines ground all Boeing 787s

Japan’s transport ministry says Boeing 787 planes are being grounded for safety checks in the latest blow for the new passenger jet.

One of the 787s operated by All Nippon Airways made an emergency landing Wednesday in western Japan after a cockpit message showed battery problems — the latest in a series of problems including a battery fire and fuel leaks. No one has been seriously injured.

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The ministry said Wednesday it got notices from ANA, which operates 17 of the jets, and Japan Airlines which has seven, that all their 787 aircraft will not be flying.

The grounding was being done voluntarily by the airlines.

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A fire ignited on Jan. 7 in the battery pack of an auxiliary power unit of a Japan Airlines 787 on the tarmac at Boston’s Logan Airport.

It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Later last week, a fuel leak delayed a flight from Boston to Tokyo of another Japan Airlines 787.

The US government is conducting a review to find out what caused the fire, fuel leak, and other worrisome incidents with Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced airliner, though it has reassured the public it is safe to fly.

Associated Press

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