Japanese airline grounds Dreamliners fleet following recurring glitches

London, Jan. 16 (ANI): Japan's All Nippon Airways has grounded its fleet of 17 Boeing 787 aircraft after one was forced to make an emergency landing because of battery problems.

Flight number NH 692 was scheduled to fly from Yamaguchi Ube to Tokyo's Haneda, but was forced to land at Takamatsu, in western Japan.

All 137 passengers and crew were safely evacuated, using emergency chutes, the BBC reports.

Dreamliners have recently had a number of problems, including a cracked cockpit window and an electrical fire.

As a result, Japanese and U.S. authorities have launched investigations into the aircraft.

Last week, the US Federal Aviation Administration started a broad review of the design, manufacturing and assembly of the Dreamliner.

On Tuesday, Japanese authorities said they would conduct a probe after two successive fuel leaks on a different 787 operated by Japan Airlines.

On 8 January, Japan Airlines reported that a fire broke out on a 787 shortly after it landed in Boston.

There have also been reports of brake issues.

However, he added that a lot would depend on the outcome of the two investigations.

On Wednesday, flight NH 692 left Yamaguchi Ube in western Japan at 08:10 local time (23:10 GMT) and was forced to land at 08:47 at Takamatsu airport.

ANA said that there was an error message in the cockpit citing a battery malfunction.

However, it would not confirm or deny reports that there was smoke in the cockpit or in the cabin.

According to the report, local television footage showed emergency chutes were deployed from the plane.

ANA said that fire trucks were on the runway as the plane landed.

Paul Lewis, a spokesman for Boeing, told the BBC that the plane maker was 'aware of the diversion of a 787 operated by ANA to Takamatsu in western Japan'.

He added that Boeing 'will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies,' the report added. (ANI)


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