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A Japan Airlines Boeing Dreamliner Just Made A U-Turn Mid-Flight

Alex Davies

A Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner flying from Boston to Tokyo turned around not long after taking off and is headed back to Boston:

Japan Airlines flight JL7 (B787 Dreamliner Boston-Tokyo) just made a U-turn over Canada http://t.co/EtbHa7TQA8 pic.twitter.com/Yoi5Wl0FDS

— Flightradar24.com (@flightradar24) July 18, 2013

The airline's website says the Boeing jet is returning to the airport "due to aircraft maintenance."

japan airlines flight status

Japan Airlines

Right now, the plane is in a holding airport, possibly waiting for other traffic to clear out. It could also be dumping fuel, to make landing safer.

jal 787 holding pattern


According to NYC Aviation, the issue has to do with the plane's fuel pump, and is not an emergency:

Multiple sources now reporting that JAL 7 is returning to Boston due to a fuel pump issue. No emergency declared, just a precaution.

— NYCAviation (@NYCAviation) July 18, 2013

Boston Logan Airport confirmed the premature return is a precaution:

JAL 007 maintenance message indicator light resulted in a precautionary return to BOS. Flight has landed and is taxiing to gate.

— Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) July 18, 2013

The plane has now landed safely in Boston:

boeing 787 jal return

Japan Airlines

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