Posted by: pizzainmotion | January 7, 2013

Fire Breaks Out on Parked JAL 787

There are reports this morning of a fire in the belly of an empty 787 at Boston Logan Airport this morning.

That’s not great news for the greatest new plane of our generation. There have been plenty of setbacks, as well as some rumors that said, specifically, the FAA is one “major fire” away from grounding the 787. I have no idea if that’s true, completely unsubstantiated at this point. It’s also unclear if today’s incident would be categorized as a “major incident”.
I was lucky enough to be on the inaugural BOS-NRT JAL 787 flight, so it’s perfectly likely this was the plane I flew. I’m still 100% behind the 787, and look forward to another ride (hopefully sooner than later).

I’ll keep an eye out for updates on this story.

UPDATE: Reports are the fire was in an avionics bay.

HT: Gary


  1. I tried to check, but the photo lacks the detail necessarily to see if this is the same plane we were on.

    • I just checked my photos and it looks like our BOS-NRT flight was on JA822J which looks to be in Tokyo right now. I took JA825J back from NRT to BOS and it is on its way to San Diego right now.

      • Thanks, Charlie. I’m not sure what the tail number was for my return.

        Regards, Edward Pizzarello

        Sent from my iPhone

    • If anyone would be able to tell….

      Regards, Edward Pizzarello

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. I also traveled on one of the new 787s over Thanksgiving from EWR to HNL. Scary….

  3. Man, I hate to see these things. I am going to be on the JAL 787 from NRT/SIN later this month.

  4. I’m sure this was totally a fluke and not a blanket concern for all 787’s. The airline industry could not afford to use a jest that was so dangerous it kept killing their customers. It’s bad for sales. It may not have even been the plane – it could have been started by a passenger’s luggage in the belly of the plane

    • Gena, I suspect it’s not a big issue, either. The initial reports are no passengers or luggage onboard, though, which eliminates most of the really small stuff.

  5. Thank god it was empty!

  6. The media focus on teething problems — whether A380 or B787 — is probably giving the general public a misleading idea about the relative reliability of these new jets compared with past introductions.

    • PH, I agree. I haven’t seen anything terribly alarming so far that differs much historically from what is to be expected in a new aircraft, let alone one as dramatically different from the ones that came before it. I’m still ready to hop onboard!

      Regards, Edward Pizzarello

  7. […] fire broke out in a parked Japan Airlines 787 at Boston’s Logan airport. The plane has had some teething problems but my sense is the gums are bleeding just a […]

  8. Guess things got a little too hot over the Pacific…

  9. Well, as long as you’re behind the 787… (rolleyes). Obviously whether you are behind it or not is completely irrelevant. Safety is key.

  10. […] number of media outlets are reporting that yesterday’s fire on a parked (and empty) JAL 787 at Boston Logan Airport point to a battery that is used to start-up the APU, or auxiliary power […]

  11. now they are saying fuel is leaking…

  12. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

  13. […] I’m not sure what a “top-priority review” is as it relates to a plane already in service, but it’s definitely not good.  The article also says that the review is related to other problems in the past but is being specifically initiated now because of the JAL 787 that caught on fire at Boston Logan airport a few days ago. […]

  14. […] Fire Breaks Out on Parked JAL 787 […]

  15. […] Fire Breaks Out on Parked JAL 787 […]

  16. […] First, a fire broke out on a JAL 787 in Boston. […]

  17. […] Fire Breaks Out on Parked JAL 787 […]

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