It seems like everyday we hear about another 787 mishap. Today, Bloomberg shares that both ANA and JAL have grounded their entire Dreamliner 787 fleets after a ANA flight made an emergency landing in Tokyo this morning.

An All Nippon 787 made an emergency landing in Japan this morning after pilots got a battery-fault warning and smelled smoke, prompting the decision to ground the carrier’s entire fleet for the first time, said Ryosei Nomura, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based carrier. Japan Air followed suit, and the carriers will also cancel all Dreamliner operations tomorrow.

Pilots evacuated the 129 passengers and eight crew on board down emergency chutes today after diverting the domestic, Tokyo- bound flight to land at Takamatsu airport in southern Japan, All Nippon Vice President Osamu Shinobe said at a press conference in Tokyo. One passenger was taken to the hospital because of wrist pain. The 787-8 model can seat about 250 passengers. All Nippon will carefully investigate the incident, which may have been caused by a battery issue, President Shinichiro Ito told reporters in Tokyo today. Resumption of flights with the 787 will come after the airline completes its investigation, Ito said, without providing a timeframe.“We will work to investigate the cause of the incident and to understand what happened,” Ito told reporters in Tokyo after meeting Japan’s Transport Minister Akihiro Ota to apologize for the incident. “Finding out what happened is our first and utmost priority now.”

Click here for the full story and aviation and safety consultant commentary. In related news, the NTSB released pictures of the burned JAL 787 battery from the incident in Boston earlier this month.


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Mikey January 16, 2013 - 8:54 am

Too late to get a refund ( the airlines want to send the planes back)

FAA Grounds all 787s - Point Me To The Plane January 16, 2013 - 4:58 pm

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SotheFwhat January 16, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Does this affect your flights for the rest of your Bali, KL adventure and return flight home?


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