Japan's two biggest airlines have grounded all their Dreamliner 787s after an All Nippon Airways flight was forced into an emergency landing.
An All Nippon Airways plane sits on the runway at Takamatsu airport after it made an emergency landing (AP)
The pilots ANA opted for emergency landing when a battery problem triggered a cockpit error coupled with the sensing of smoke by the pilots. The plane was landed in southwestern Japan.
ANA has since grounded its 17 aircraft pending safety checks. Japan Airlines swiftly followed suit, saying it would suspend all Boeing 787 flights scheduled to leave Japan on Wednesday due to safety concerns. The carriers didn't say how long their fleet of planes will be parked.
It may b e added that this not the first time such 'minor' errors or technical faults have occurred Most recently, ANA cancelled a domestic flight to Tokyo on January 9 after a computer wrongly indicated there was a problem with the Boeing 787's brakes. Two days later, the carrier reported two new cases of problems with the aircraft, a minor fuel leak and a cracked windscreen in a 787 cockpit.
Another incident occurred on January 7 when a fire ignited in the battery pack of an auxiliary power unit of a Japan Airlines 787 empty of passengers as the plane sat on the tarmac at Boston's Logan International Airport. It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Later last week, a fuel leak delayed a flight from Boston to Tokyo of another Japan Airlines 787.
Watch the video of the plane evacuation below: