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Japan Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing due to Electrical Problems

Japan Airlines flight JL-69 had to return and make an emergency landing in Los Angeles, California, on November 19th.

The Boeing 787-800 plane took off for Osaka, Japan, but had to turn back due to electrical problems.

The plane landed back safely. Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

Japan Airlines Flight Returns to Fukuoka After Bird Strike

Japan Airlines flight JL-3513 had to return and make an emergency landing in Fukuoka, Japan, on November 2nd.

The Boeing 737-800 plane took off for Sapporo, Japan, but had to turn back due to a bird strike.

The plane landed back uneventfully. There were one hundred and seventy-five people aboard at the time; all of them remained safe.

Japan Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Sapporo

Japan Airlines flight JL-61 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Sapporo, Japan, on September 29th.

The Boeing 777-300 plane heading from Los Angeles, California, to Narita International Airport, Japan, was diverted after the crew noticed a burning odor in the cockpit.

The plane landed safely. All two hundred and fifty-three people aboard remained unharmed.

Japan Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Tokyo International Airport

Japan Airlines flight JL-6 made an emergency landing at Tokyo International Airport, Japan, on September 5th.

The Boeing 777-300 plane took off for John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, but had to turn back after the crew needed to shut down one of the engines.

The plane landed safely. All two hundred and thirty-three passengers and fifteen crew members remained safe.

Japan Transocean Air Plane Returns to Japan after Cracked Windshield

Japan Transocean Air flight NU-44 had to return and make an emergency landing at Naha Airport, Okinawa, Japan, on May 6th.

The Boeing 737-400 flying to Nagoya, Japan, had to return after the first officer’s windshield cracked.

The plane landed safely.

All 148 passengers and 5 crew members remained safe.

Tokyo-Bound Japan Airlines Flight Hits Turbulence; 1 Injured

Japan AirlinesJapan Airlines flight JL-646 ran into severe turbulence while heading to Tokyo, Japan, on November 10th.

The Boeing 767-300 plane was flying from Kagoshima, Japan, when it encountered turbulence that injured a flight attendant.

The plane continued for safe landing.

Japan’s TSB confirmed that the flight attendant sustained a serious injury due to turbulence.

Japan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Tokyo Narita International Airport

Japan Airlines flight JL-17 made an emergency landing at Narita International Airport, Japan, on January 29.

The plane was flying from Vancouver, Canada, when the crew reported the failure of right hand engine and requested an emergency landing.

The plane landed uneventfully. All 166 people aboard remained safe.

Japan Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Narita International Airport

Japan AirlinesA Japan Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Narita International Airport in Japan, on December 29.

It is believed that a sensor component of the Boeing 777’s landing gear was found on the runway after it took off from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The pilots decided to continue the flight and requested emergency assistance at Narita International Airport.

The plane landed uneventfully. There were 232 passengers and crew members aboard at the time; all of them remained unharmed.

Japan Airlines Flight Returns to Haneda Airport

Japan AirlinesJapan Airlines flight 521 made an emergency landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, on April 8.

The twin-engine Boeing 777 was heading from Haneda to Hokkaido when the pilot reported a suspected engine fault and sought permission to land back.

Authorities said the aircraft’s right engine had to be shut down midair before it made a safe emergency landing.

All 228 passengers and 11 crew members remained unhurt.


A maintenance crew observed a Japan Air Lines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Tokyo-Narita Airport with white smoke coming from the lithium-ion batteries when one of eight cells started leaking. The euphemism used by the media was “venting gas.” No passengers were aboard and the plane was parked undergoing maintenance when it occurred but 158 passengers scheduled to fly on it were provided a different plane.

Press Release
The National Transportation Safety Board will participate in the investigation of a smoke event involving the main battery of a Japan Airlines B-787 that occurred while the aircraft was parked at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Jan. 14.

The investigation is being led by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. NTSB aircraft systems investigator Mike Bauer will travel to Japan to assist with the investigation.

Japan Airlines Flight Returns to Boston

A Japan Airlines 787 was en route from Boston to Tokyo when a maintenance indicator flashed early in the flight.

Pilots returned to Boston where they made a safe landing at 6:15 p.m. The problem is being reported as a maintenance issue.

Flightradar24 website shows that Japan Airlines flight 7 was over Hudson Bay in Canada when it turned around.

Boeing 787 Smokes Battery in Boston

On January 7, 2013, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Japan-Boston had already landed in Boston, and all 184 passengers had safely disembarked when smoke filled the cabin.

A fire was found in a battery aboard the plane. Boston Firefighters arrived at 10:40 a.m. and put out the fire.

Passengers were provided alternative transportation and overnight accommodations.

Electrical issues in the avionics bay where the battery is located are a known issue in this type of plane, which uses electrical motors instead of hydraulics in certain areas. The auxiliary battery in the compartment kicks in after the engine kicks off. That’s what happened on test flights, and from what I have heard, that is what happened here.

In George’s Point of View

Let’s slow down with this great plane. Let’s get the kinks out of it before we put humans on too many of these Dreamliners. Let them stay Dreamliner and not become Nightmareliners. United is starting service but are these planes really ready? There have been engine problems and some spooky events. We don’t read too much about them, but I know they have occurred. I love this plane, I want to fly all over the world in it, and if I live long enough, I will, but, is it ready?

According to the NTSB report below, the NTSB seems to agree with me that incidents like this warrant investigation.

Press Release
WASHINGTON– Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are gathering information regarding reports of smoke aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston’s Logan Airport today.

The Japan Airlines 787 was on the ground and empty of passengers at the time of the incident.

The NTSB has dispatched an investigator to Boston. Based on a review of the factual information gathered, the NTSB will determine the extent of its investigation.
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Japan Airlines Landing in High Winds Suffers Tail Strike, Go-Around, No Injuries

What: Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200 en route from Shanghai Hongqiao to Tokyo
Where: Tokyo
When: Mar 31st 2012 4:08 pm
Who: 296 passengers, 12 crew
Why: On approach to Tokyo, the plane was just above the runway when gusty wind made the pilots chose to go around. On the go-around, the tail scraped the runway. In spite of significant damage to the plane, the second approach resulted in a safe landing about thirty minutes later.

The Japan Safety board sent three inspectors on Sunday.

The rear section of the plane’s body sustained scratches, and the pressure bulkhead between the cabin and tail was “slightly misshapen.” No injuries were reported.

JAL Business Class Fire over Tokyo

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Contact photographer Wayne Campbell

What: A JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200 en route from Tokyo to Sydney
Where: Tokyo
When: Jan 14th 2012
Who: 260 aboard
Why: About twenty minutes after takeoff, a passenger’s armrest caught on fire in business class. After the fire was put out, the pilots dumped fuel, and the flight returned to Tokyo where it made a safe landing.

The fire has been attributed to a passenger’s lighter.

Japan Airlines and American Airlines Announce Joint Business Benefits for Trans-Pacific Consumers

TOKYO, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Japan Airlines and American Airlines today announced they have decided to commence their joint business from April 1, 2011, based on the expected start of revenue-sharing on applicable trans-Pacific flights. The airlines, after receiving regulatory approvals from the Japanese Government and the U.S. Department of Transportation, are using a phased approach to bring more travel choices and greater benefits to consumers as quickly as possible and to maximize the value for stakeholders.

Customers can expect to benefit from better flight schedules, expanded codesharing, more coordinated services, and greater access to a wider variety of fares. Japan Airlines will also co-locate in American’s Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport effective March 27, when Japan Airlines’ summer schedule begins. Additional consumer benefits over the coming months are expected as the cooperation level deepens between the two airlines.

In addition, to bring benefits to consumers sooner, Japan Airlines and American are announcing a jointly-formulated commemorative trans-Pacific economy-class airfare for sale in Japan from today for travel between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2011. Historically, routings involving both airlines were typically only available at much higher fare levels.

American Airlines and Japan Airlines Thank U.S. Department of Transportation on Final Order Allowing Antitrust Immunity

American and Japan Airlines Set To Launch Joint Business in 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas and TOKYO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines and Japan Airlines, members of the oneworld® Alliance, today thanked officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for granting final approval to their joint request for antitrust immunity and plans for a joint business between North America and Asia.

“We appreciate the thorough review that DOT has given our request for antitrust immunity that will allow us to move forward with our joint business,” said Tom Horton, President of American Airlines. “We also look forward to officials from the United States government and the government of Japan signing an Open Skies agreement, which will allow for additional flights between the United States to Japan.”

“This final U.S. government approval, following the recent grant by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, clears all regulatory procedures necessary for Japan Airlines and American Airlines to begin working on our joint business,” said Masaru Onishi, President of Japan Airlines. “We would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in making this positive decision, and will from hence, move expeditiously towards creating more benefits for our passengers, our companies, our financial supporters and our countries.”

Both airlines anticipate launching their trans-Pacific joint business in early 2011. It will provide enhanced travel options and experiences for passengers of both American Airlines and Japan Airlines.

American plans to start its new nonstop daily service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on Jan. 20, 2011. Japan Airlines began service from Haneda to San Francisco in late October. Both carriers will codeshare on these flights.

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