A Boeing 787 plane of the Japan Airlines (JAL) left Boston for Tokyo, but had to return on July 18, 2013 due to a potential fuel pump problem. However, the carrier denied reports that the aircrafts were facing a new crisis. The Dreamliner has been facing problems since it resumed commercial flights four months after being grounded across the globe.
The aircrafts worldwide were grounded for serious battery problems. The plane left from Boston’s Logan Airport at 12:57 pm, but returned at around 6 pm. Carol Anderson, JAL’s US-based spokeswoman in an email message said, “As a standard precautionary measure due to a maintenance message (fuel pump) indicator, JL007 bound for Tokyo-Narita decided to return to Boston Logan for check and landed safely”. Logan International Airport announced on its Twitter account that the 787 in question made a precautionary return.
The Twitter message went on to say that the flight landed and is taxiing to gate. Officials from JAL confirmed the maintenance message, but dismissed concerns that the return of the plane might indicate a new problem for the next-generation plane.
A spokesperson for JAL said that they decided to return for precaution, as they saw a message that showed a malfunction of a fuel pump at the right engine, which appeared in the cockpit.