Two fresh setbacks have hit Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner plane, two days after an electrical fire broke out on board a Japan Airlines Dreamliner on Monday.
In the latest incident, Japan’s All Nippon Airways cancelled a domestic 787 flight from Yamaguchi to Tokyo on Wednesday because of a brake problem.
On Tuesday, Japan Airlines cancelled a Boston to Tokyo flight after about 40 gallons (151 litres) of fuel spilled.
Passengers got off safely and no-one was hurt, an airport spokesman said.
A spokeswoman for Japan Airlines, Carol Anderson, said on Tuesday that the second Dreamliner had returned to the gate because of mechanical issues and details were not yet confirmed, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, the US National Transportation Safety Board said that it would not investigate Tuesday’s incident, because there had not been an accident.
Commenting on the ANA flight, a spokesman at Yamaguchi Ube airport in western Japan said the flight was cancelled because brake parts from the rear left undercarriage needed to be replaced.
Two fresh setbacks have hit Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner plane, two days after an electrical fire broke out on board a Japan Airlines Dreamliner on Monday
ANA was the first company to take delivery of a Dreamliner and started providing flights on the aircraft in October 2011.
On Monday, a fire broke out in a Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines soon after it landed in Boston from Tokyo.
The fire started after a battery in the jet’s auxiliary power system overheated.
Nobody was hurt as passengers and crew had already disembarked.
The Dreamliner is one of the most advanced planes ever built. However, a spate of technical issues has hurt its image.
Last year, a United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing because of an electrical problem.
In December, Qatar Airways grounded one of its 787 Dreamliners after several manufacturing faults caused electrical problems similar to those that affected the United plane.
To add to Boeing’s woes, the US Federal Aviation Administration said in December that it had identified errors in the assembly of fuel line couplings in the Dreamliner.
It warned that these errors could result in fuel leaking on to hot engine parts and start a fire, cause engine failure, or simply see the plane run out of fuel.
Analysts said the latest incident on the Japan Airlines flight was a blow to Boeing.
“Even though it happened on the ground, rest assured the FAA is asking, <<What if it happened in the air?>>,” Carter Leake, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets in Virginia.
A new amateur video has emerged showing the crew of the Costa Concordia cruise ship reassuring passengers nothing was wrong, after the vessel had begun taking in water.
In the footage, a crew member says “everything is under control” and asks passengers to go to their cabins.
It is thought the delay in deciding to abandon the ship may have cost lives. At least 11 people died.
Rescue workers have suspended their search once again after the ship shifted in choppy waters on Friday.
The boat’s movements have twice before hampered the work of rescuers, with the search suspended almost all day on Wednesday.
The ship may have only moved by a metre or as little as a few centimetres, but officials fear it could suddenly slip into much deeper water.
A new amateur video has emerged showing the crew of the Costa Concordia cruise ship reassuring passengers nothing was wrong, after the vessel had begun taking in water
The Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy’s coast a week ago with some 4,200 people on board.
Twenty-one people are still missing, and hopes to find any of them alive are fading fast.
The latest amateur footage was posted online by Italy’s Rainews24 on Thursday.
In it, a female crew member is heard telling passengers: “We kindly ask you to return to your cabins, or go for a walk in the hall, if you like.”
She says that she is relaying a message from the commander.
“We’ll resolve the electrical problem that we have with the generator. Everything will be fine. If you want to stand here, it’s fine.
“But I’m kindly asking you to go back to your rooms, where you’ll be seated and tranquil. Everything is under control.”
In the audio tape aired earlier on Thursday, a port authority officer is heard asking the crewman about the situation on board, after passengers had reported a huge jolt and been told to put on life vests.
But an unidentified voice from the Costa Concordia replies: “We had a blackout and we are checking the conditions on board.”
“Do you need help or are you staying in the Giglio area for now?” the port official asks.
“Confirmed. We remain here in the area to check the blackout,” the crew member replies, without making any reference to a crash.
The impression left by the recording is that the crewman failed to give a full account of the gravity of the situation.
The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest on suspicion of multiple manslaughter.
The Costa Concordia owners say he was sailing too close to Giglio on an unauthorized course.
Prosecutors have also accused Francesco Schettino of fleeing the ship before evacuation was complete. He denies the accusations.
However Italian media have said Captain Francesco Schettino did admit to making a navigational error.
He told investigators he had “ordered the turn too late” as the luxury ship sailed close to an island, according to a leaked interrogation transcript.
Francesco Schettino also reportedly said the crew had decided to sail close to the island to salute a former colleague.
The company that owns the ship, Costa Cruises, has suspended Captain Francesco Schettino and withdrawn an offer to pay his legal costs, according to reports.
Italian media have also shown pictures of a Moldovan woman, identified as Domnica Cemortan, who says she was on the bridge after the ship ran aground. The woman defended Captain Francesco Schettino’s actions, in an interview with Moldovan TV.
The reports say investigators are trying to speak to her.
Salvage operators are standing by to start pumping fuel from the ship’s tanks to avoid a potential environmental disaster.