Japan Airlines Jet Leaks Fuel In Boston; Shares Fall

BOSTON (AP) -

Fuel Leak Is Second Japan Airlines Incident at Logan Involving 787 in 2 Days

Officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport say crews have contained a fuel leak from an outbound Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo, marking the second time in two days that JAL planes at Logan reported problems.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the Boeing 787 was towed back to the gate for evaluation Tuesday afternoon after about 40 gallons of fuel spilled. He said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

A JAL 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. Federal transportation agencies are investigating the fire.

Shares of Chicago-based Boeing have fallen 4.6 percent since the fire was reported, wiping out almost $2.7 billion of the company’s value. On Tuesday they fell $2, or 2.6 percent, to close at $74.13.

Investors may have been unnerved by the fire.