2nd Day Of Problems For Boeing Dreamliner At Logan

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles after a small electrical fire filled the cabin of the with smoke about 15 minutes after it landed at Logan Airport. (Stephen Savoia/AP)
A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles after a small electrical fire filled the cabin of the with smoke about 15 minutes after it landed at Logan Airport. (Stephen Savoia/AP)

 Updated January 8, 2013, 5:11 pm

A Boeing 787 was towed back to the gate for evaluation Tuesday after about 40 gallons of fuel spilled from an outbound Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo in the second incident involving the airliner at Logan International Aiport in two days.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

A Japan Airlines spokeswoman said the crew had reported a “mechanical issue.” The noon flight was rescheduled for mid-afternoon departure.

On Monday, a fire broke out in a battery pack in the belly of a different Japan Airlines Boeing 787, filling the cabin with smoke minutes after passengers disembarked.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it was sending two more investigators to Boston to examine the plane that caught fire. The NTSB says the battery had “severe fire damage.”

Boeing says the problem that caused Monday’s fire appears to be unrelated to previous electrical problems on the 787.

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