Posts Tagged ‘Logan International Airport’

[Guardian] As the battery in one plane explodes it is followed by a fuel leak in another, both incidents were at Boston airport and both aircraft are owned by Japan Airlines.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport. Photo: Wikipedia

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes have been the subject of safety scares within two days at Boston airport in the US, adding to concerns about the aircraft.

On Monday, an electrical fire erupted on one of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines at Boston Logan international airport. Authorities said a battery in the auxiliary power unit aboard the plane jet had suffered “severe fire damage”.

On Tuesday at the same airport, a fuel leak forced a different 787 operated by JAL to cancel takeoff. Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the plane was towed back to the gate after about 150 litres (40 gallons) of fuel spilled. He said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Walsh said the plane was evaluated and departed that afternoon. A JAL spokeswoman said the crew had reported a “mechanical issue”.

The two incidents have extended a series of problems that have dogged the jet for more than a month and increased concern about the plane.

The fire broke out on an empty Dreamliner jet parked at a gate in Boston. Officials said a battery in the auxiliary power system exploded around 10.30am, shortly after passengers had disembarked. A mechanic inspecting the jet discovered smoke while performing a routine post-flight inspection.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the problem, which came within weeks of Boeing enduring a string of other electrical problems that briefly grounded three of the planes. The new jet also has suffered an engine failure and fuel leaks in the 14 months it has been in service.

The electrical fire is troubling in part because the 787 relies heavily on electrical power to drive onboard systems that in other jet models are run by air pressure generated by the engines. The new jet also suffered an electrical fire during a test flight, prompting a redesign of electrical systems.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said on Monday: “We are aware of the event and are working with our customer.”

The Dreamliner is Boeing’s first jet to be made of carbon composites rather than aluminium, a change that reduces the plane’s weight and allows it to use less fuel.

Since entering service in October 2011 the plane has repeatedly made headlines for……

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The Guardian
9th Jan, 2013


[Mornng Sentianel] A Flight from Portland was diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport

Passengers on a commercial flight from Portland to Philadelphia had to restrain a passenger after he tried to enter the jet’s cockpit this afternoon.

Passengers helped subdue the disoriented man and the plane landed safely

Passengers helped subdue the disoriented man and the plane landed safely.  Photo: Wikipedia

Air Wisconson Flight 3801, which is operated by U.S. Airways Express, had to be diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport this afternoon when the man tried to open the cabin door to the area where the pilots sit.

The plane made an emergency landing at the airport at 4:32 p.m.

Massachusetts state police boarded the plane and took 40-year-old Michael J. Ensalaco of Mooreville, N.C., into custody,

Ensalaco has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

“At this time, there does not appear to be any nexus to terrorism,” state police said in a prepared statement. Ensalaco could be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Friday, police said.

Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said the plane was diverted after other passengers restrained the unruly man.

Orlandella says the flight from Portland had 50 passengers and……

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By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer – 10th May, 2012