Dreamliner forced to return to airport

A mechanical indicator alert forced the Japan Airlines 787 plane to return to a Boston airport.

FILE: A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the runway with its emergency slides inflated after an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airpirtt, west of Japan, on 16 January 2013. Picture: AFP

BOSTON - A Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane operated by Japan Airlines returned to Boston's Logan International Airport on Thursday after a mechanical indicator alert came on.

The incident drove Boeing shares 1.7 percent lower and is yet another in a series of technical faults plaguing the manufacturer's latest addition.

"The pilot decided to turn back out of an abundance of caution," airport spokesman Richard Walsh told Reuters.

Carol Anderson, a spokeswoman for Japan Airlines, confirmed the incident but offered no further details.

"As a standard precautionary measure due to a maintenance message indicator, JL007 bound for Tokyo-Narita is returning to Boston Logan for checks," she said.

The after-hours share fall reflected lingering concerns about Boeing's newest plane, which remains under investigation after a fire on board a parked 787 at Heathrow Airport in London last week.