Japan Airlines plane returned to gate at Logan after fuel spill


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- Another Japan Airlines flight was grounded at Boston Logan International Airport on Tuesday.

The Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said a Boeing 787 was towed back to the gate for further evaluation early 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 reported a "mechanical issue" before returning to the gate. The plane was evaluated and departed that afternoon.

On Monday, a fire broke out in a battery pack in the belly of a different Japan Airlines plane, filling the cabin with smoke minutes after passengers disembarked.

In December the Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of all Boeing 787's after reported fuel leaks in two planes were traced to manufacturing errors, according to Bloomberg.com.

The website reported that Japan Airlines had repaired some planes because of the fault.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating Monday's fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.