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Japan airlines ground Dreamliner planes

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Japan's biggest airlines have grounded their Boeing 787 planes after one was forced to make an emergency landing.

The 787 - known as the Dreamliner - came into service last year but has experienced a range of problems, from fuel leaks to a cracked window in the cockpit.

Investigations are being carried out in the United States as well as Japan.

Three British airlines have placed orders for the planes.

Reporting from Tokyo the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes told the Today programme's Sarah Montague the problems were with the "early build aircraft".

"There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the aircraft but... there are problems with some of these planes."

He said that this could be "fundamentally damaging" in the short-run for Boeing and that the company need to solve the problems as soon as possible.

"This plane has got a got of new technology in it and that's probably part of the reason," he added.


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