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Boeing has turbulent week with 787 troubles

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Aerospace giant Boeing has landed in yet another mess. 

On Monday, an electrical fire started aboard an abandoned Japan Airlines Dreamliner jet at Boston's Logan airport. Then on Tuesday, there was another mechanical mishap — a fuel leak halted a Japan Airlines Dreamliner from taking off at the same airport. 

"There was fuel coming out of a vent area on the left side where the left fuel tank is so it was actually coming out and hit the surface," said Ed Freni, Massachusetts Port Authority official.

This time the troubled Boeing plane had 181 passengers aboard

"It was reported first by a pilot in an aircraft behind the JA flight," Freni said. "We responded immediately and cleaned it up. The best way to handle a situation like that is to tow it back and have the plane evaluated."

The flight headed for Tokyo was grounded and the Massachusetts Port Authority says the fuel from the airplane wasn't leaking, but spilling from a vent.

"It was venting fuel on the left side of the tank on the left side of the aircraft," Freni said.

These two incidents are just the latest nightmarish occurrences for the Dreamliner since its 2011 release-- now flying only 6 of them domestically.

Last month the FAA ordered inspections of all 787's for potential fuel line leaks after a plane was diverted to the closest airport because of a generator failure and a fire broke out during a test flight of another plane.

"I wouldn't be concerned as a passenger," said John Hansman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "This is a very good airplane, but it's a very advanced airplane. It's pushing the envelope."

A local Boeing official says the company does not comment on ongoing investigations. Both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incidents.

 

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