An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner has made an emergency landing this morning (Wednesday) at Takamatsu Airport, Kagawa Prefecture in western Japan after reports say smoke entered the cockpit. Emergency slides were deployed.
All Nippon Airways says smoke was detected after the plane took off from Yamaguchi-Ube Airport in western Japan at 8:10 AM. It was bound for Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, carrying 137 people.
ANA has grounded their fleet of 17 Boeing 787s, pending inspections.
The aircraft, registration JA804A, was operating flight 692 on the Yamaguchi-Ube to Tokyo Haneda route. The aircraft departed Yamaguchi Ube at 8:00 AM local time and made the emergency landing at 8:47 AM.
All Nippon Airways says all of the passengers and crew members safely evacuated the plane via emergency slides. The flight was carrying 129 passengers and 8 crew.
The battery was found to be blackened after the incident.
The following statement by Boeing was posted on Twitter:
‘We’re aware of the ANA 787 diversion in Japan. We will be working with ANA and the authorities to determine what happened and why.’
ANA has issued the following statement:
‘ANA is confident of the safety of the Dreamliner and as a matter of course, inspects all Boeing 787 aircraft on a daily basis to ensure safety of our operation. We will continue to liaise with Boeing and comply with any further instructions from the relevant authorities.’
The Japanese air carrier said it will hold a news conference at 0230 GMT.
Japan Airlines has also grounded its fleet of 787s.