Boeing: Smoke coming from the fuselage

On a January morning in 2013, Kenichi Kawamura was taking the same flight he took every month, from Yamaguchi in southern Japan to the capital, Tokyo.

Boeing: Smoke coming from the fuselage

On a January morning in 2013, Kenichi Kawamura was taking the same flight he took every month, from Yamaguchi in southern Japan to the capital, Tokyo.

Everything about the business trip was routine, except that Kawamura was flying on a new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”.

“I felt a little thrilled as I got on board,” he says. “It was so new that it still had that new smell.”

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Flight 692 took off on time, and after reaching cruising altitude the pilot turned off the fasten seatbelt sign.

‘Smoke coming from the fuselage’

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Suddenly the plane took a steep dive. “The drink that I’d put on the pull-down table started to slide forwards,” says Kawamura. “The three newspapers that I’d put on the seat next to me fell onto the floor.”

“I called over a cabin attendant and was about to ask what was going on when there was an announcement from the pilot. His precise words were: ‘There is smoke coming from the fuselage but there are no problems with the instrument panel. We will be making an emergency landing in Takamatsu Airport.'”

Passengers became concerned. “I thought we were going to crash. It was fear,” says Kawamura.

The plane made its emergency landing safely. But 129 passengers and eight crew members still had to evacuate.

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