The Boeing 787, better known as the Dreamliner, represented Boeing’s effort to regain leadership in the industry after its rival, Airbus, won the race to replace the jumbo jet with the Airbus A380. However, the Dreamliner was delayed for years by technical problems and suffered a major setback in January 2013 when a series of battery incidents, including a fire on one plane, caused 50 Dreamliners in service around the world to be grounded.
Briefs, January 14, 2013
Forty years after his death, two of Bruce Lee's siblings reminisce about their famous brother's life and a legacy that is inspiring a whole new generation of fighters. Jo Baker reports.
Fuel spills add to woes of Boeing's Dreamliner
TOKYO - A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 suffered a fuel spill for the second time in a week, a report said. The latest incident happened at Tokyo's Narita Airport, Jiji Press newswire reported, while the aircraft was being checked following a fuel spill on Tuesday in Boston. The airline could not be reached for comment. On Friday, US regulators announced an in-depth safety review of the 787 Dreamliner after a recent spate of incidents involving the new hi-tech aircraft. AFP
Thai media criticises protest by soldiers
BANGKOK - Thai journalists called on the country's powerful military not to pressure the media after uniformed soldiers protested outside a television station over comments critical of the army chief. The Thai Journalists Association raised concerns after around 30 troops held a two-day protest calling for an apology. Thailand's military, which has a long history of intervening in politics, said it had instructed the soldiers involved to end their protest. AFP
US sailor arrested over curfew incident
TOKYO - Japanese police arrested an American sailor for allegedly trespassing on property near Tokyo during a nighttime curfew imposed after recent crimes linked to US servicemen. Kanagawa police said Richard Lawton, 24, was suspected of having entered a home near his base in Yokosuka. Lawton reportedly was drunk when arrested after a resident called police. Since an alleged rape of a woman on the southern island of Okinawa by two sailors in October, a curfew has been in place for all US servicemen in Japan. AP
Three killed in army helicopter crash
YANGON - Myanmar's state media said three army personnel were killed when a helicopter crashed in conflict-torn northern Kachin state, rebutting rebel claims that the aircraft was shot down. The helicopter was on a "security and administrative mission" when engine failure forced it to make an emergency landing, according to the English-language New Light of Myanmar newspaper. Meanwhile, more than 50 Kachin protesters gathered outside the Myanmese embassy in Bangkok to urge an end to aerial bombardments of Kachin rebels. AFP