On January 8, 2013, Japan Air flight 007, a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” about to depart Boston for
Tokyo, experienced a large fuel leak from the left wing tank before takeoff. The crew
reported a problem but appeared unaware of its nature/severity until an American
Airlines crew reported the leak to the Tower. Fire crews responded to the alarm and the situation was quickly resolved. It was later determined that a total of roughly 40 gallons on fuel had spilled. It was the second serious incident involving a JAL Boeing 787 at Boston Logan Airport in two days: another aircraft had suffered an electrical fire the previous day while parked at the gate after arriving from Tokyo Narita.
Audio Source: Liveatc.net
Edited by Daniel Mori – Youtube.com/kenadamsusa


  1. I am an English teacher in Japan (That for some reason likes watching airplane problem videos…) in a small college and I have to say that people who think that this guy doesn't speak good English…hey. You are the reason my students are scared to speak English at all with native speakers, they are scared to make mistakes because they have heard English people will scream at them for not speaking "Good English". English has thousands of idioms, "all set" being one of them. It's so frequently said that normal daily speakers do not even realize how many idioms they use on an hourly basis. Japanese also has idioms that most English speakers learning Japanese will never know – does that mean they don't speak "Good Japanese"? No. There is a big difference between Good English/Japanese" and "Natural English/Japanese". To me, having taught a diverse age range of students prior to the current job, this pilot spoke FANTASTIC English at an extremely fast pace as well – Native speed which takes years of training. And he understood most of the fast paced native speed without problem, with just a few clarifications. Keep in mind on other videos, other pilots have asked for repeats and they were natives as well. English is hard enough for English speakers, don't ever tell anyone they don't speak Good English when you mean they don't speak Native English.

  2. I understand that speaking multiple languages is hard, something I am not able to do, but you've got to admit this gets pretty funny towards the end.

  3. Aviaton communication with non-native speakers should be performed without the use of idioms and daily jargon. The JAL pilot never understood what the firefighter was asking. His last response was everybody's on board. At a very critical time like that at Logan, one misunderstood expression may have meant loss of lives. Good thing it did not.

  4. I'm So Ronery
    I'm so ronery
    So ronery
    So ronery and sadry arone

    There's no one
    Just me onry
    Sitting on my rittle throne
    I work very hard and make up great prans
    But nobody ristens, no one understands
    Seems that no one takes me serirousry

    And so I'm ronery
    A little ronery
    Poor rittre me

    There's nobody
    I can rerate to
    Feer rike a bird in a cage
    It's kinda sihry
    But not rearry
    Because it's fihring my body with rage

    I work rearry hard to stay nice and fit
    But none of the women seem to give a shit
    When I rure the world maybe they'rr notice me
    But untir then I'rr just be ronery
    Rittre ronery, poor rittre me
    I'm so ronery
    I'm so ronery

  5. I can't believe the Pilot actually requested a taxi back initally, even after realizing he has a major leak. Not trying to be a smart ass, but even as a Private Pilot my firsr instict would be kill all the electrics and have the airplane checked out before even moving an extra inch. And don't you think, he would spill his oil all over the taxiway if he was to taxi back. Good thing, ATC recognized the situation well, but very poor ADM from a JAL Captain. You would normally expect better.

  6. Hey a dumb question here… please dont lauggh but, would that big fuel leak have resulted in a fire (with 100% certainty) had the plane initiated take off? 

  7. Heavy is a weight class of aircraft. The classes are small, small plus, large, heavy and recently added super heavy. In all communications regarding heavy and super heavy aircraft, ATC is required to use heavy and super heavy, respectively.

  8. There've been 2 leaks detected …… one on the left wing … and one on the back of the aircraft as BOS TWR reported at min. 1:38 . Well, I can smell the rat. There has either been some major maintenance work or complex modifications such as geoengineering spray technics or alike going on before that incident. I'd bet on the second. Sorry for saying that but also have to remark this aircraft is still in the "early stages" of development.

  9. the tower : notified them a large amt of fuel was leaking from the left wing at the get go they re english is not at a functional level

  10. Not really? JAL asked for a delay, another aircraft reported the leak. ATC said to hold short, they're sending a truck. JAL said 'Oh, a fuel leak, can we go back to the ramp?' ATC said 'No, we'd rather you wait for the trucks' JAL said 'Ok, I'll stay here' – they followed instructions just fine, and only had trouble with Command which I'm assuming is because of a regional accent and non-standard English. The pilot missed no calls or orders, and did everything asked with no delay.

  11. Though, at the time, they didn't know how big the leak was – I mean, we could be talking about a drip drip drip kind of leak that maintenance could address and deal with.

  12. But I'll bet, in an emergency situation, someone speaking fast, slangy German in a regional accent using turns of phrase ('All set') would be confusing. There's a reason there is a standard 'ATC English' that's supposed to be used – it just isn't reasonable to expect pilots from hundreds of countries to not only speak Airplane English, but to figure out all the different colloquialisms used throughout the English speaking world.

  13. These guys speak great English – you're not supposed to use slang in ATC communication. Though, I'll bet Boston Command doesn't have much cause to communicate too frequently with foreign pilots. The thing is, even people with a good grasp of a second language won't pick up all slang, and 'all set' is definitely not standard ATC English.

  14. Set to blow up, set to meet your maker, set to run for your life. Couldn't agree more plsniper with your comment. Basic standard English only and that should include emergency responders. In 30 years time Mandarin may well be the "International" language. Let's hear the fire engine drivers from Boston communicate their messages in Chinese. Yeah..right.

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