Boeing 787 Dreamliner emergency landing in Japan prompts ANA and JAL flights suspended

By on Jan 16, 2013 in Asia, Travel Comments

Updated: January 17, 2013 4:50 p.m.

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Two Japanese airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), have suspended all their flights starting today, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, after a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet made an emergency landing at the Takamatsu Airport when crew learned that there was smoke inside the cockpit.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner emergency landing Japan

Passengers being assisted, after Boeing 787
Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Japan
on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Image Credit: Telegraph video

According to Kyodo News, the domestic flight of the Boeing 787 plane made an emergency landing on Wednesday morning and that there were 137 passengers on board, which were safely evacuated from the plane. ANA, which operates the troubled plane, decided to suspend all of its 17 Dreamliner flights.

As noted in the report, the nation’s Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Ministry considered the event as a serious matter and five inspectors of the Japan Transport Safety Board will be conducting a thorough inspection. There was no mention as to until when the flights will be suspended.

Meanwhile, CNN identified the ANA Dreamliner plane that made an emergency landing in Japan with Flight # 692, adding that Japan Airlines, which operates seven of the airplanes, has also announced their flights canceled over the same issue. ANA spokesman Takuya Taniguchi said that the flight came from Yamaguchi.

Local officials noted that passengers reported a strange smell in the cabin, shortly after an instrument on the plane indicated a battery malfunction. The pilot then decided to make an emergency landing, instead of pursuing the flight until its destination at Haneda. The incident is still under deeper investigation.

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