The Associated Press

Japan Airlines Explains 787 Fuel Leak At Logan

BOSTON — Japan Airlines is giving more details about a fuel leak on one of their Boeing 787s that delayed a non-stop flight from Boston to Tokyo.

A spokeswoman said one of four valves connecting the center and left main fuel tanks was open. That led to fuel flowing between the center and left tanks to a surge tank near the wing tip and then out a vent, spilling about 40 gallons.

She said that valve was deactivated and the flight was cleared to depart later Tuesday. A more detailed inspection was scheduled in Tokyo.

The leak Tuesday was the second problem in two days for Japan Airlines at Logan. A fire broke out in a battery pack in the belly of a different Boeing 787 on Monday, after passengers had exited.

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  • X-Ray

    Who left the valve open? Was it controlled by the pilot or its position indicated? Is more training of personnel required? Unanswered question.

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