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Boeing's 787 has safety glitch in Japan

Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM   |   Comments

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UBE, Japan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Officials said Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner has had three recent safety mishaps that have called the reliability of the company's newest jet into question.

The New York Times said the computer on board a 787 set to take off from Yamaguchi Ube airport in Japan showed problems with the aircraft's brakes Wednesday.

The Times said the passengers were transferred to a later flight.

A spokeswoman for All Nippon Airways said the problem was similar to the one that appeared when the airline first started flying the Dreamliners in 2011.

The Times said the issues come after a fuel leak forced a 787, operated by Japan Airlines, to return to its gate Tuesday before taking off.

Monday, a fire broke out on another Dreamliner in Boston, also operated by Japan Airlines. The Times said the fire took place after the plane landed and no one was injured.

The Dreamliner entered commercial service in 2011 and has had numerous malfunctions since then.

A spokesman for Japan Airlines said the company has no plans to change its order for more 787s.

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