February 22, 2013 / 3:42 AM / 5 years ago

Japan: 787 fuel leak probe indicates cause to be coating issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s transport ministry said on Friday its fuel leak probe on a Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner passenger jet indicated the cause to be a coating around the mechanism that controls fuel movement between tanks.

A Japan Airlines aircraft (top L) takes off as an All Nippon Airways' Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner plane parks on the tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The ministry launched the investigation after two fuel leaks on a Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T), just days before authorities around the world grounded the new lightweight passenger jets after a couple of battery problems.

Reporting by James Topham; Editing by Ken Wills

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