|JL002 on July 9 2013 was delayed for 8 hours due to hydraulic leak. Image by Japan Airlines.|
A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777-200ER performing flight JL002 from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to San Francisco (SFO) had a hydraulic leakage in the system that controls the flaps and had to turn away to return to Haneda on July 9 2013.
According to jiji.com, the flight took off at 00:20 JST. At 00:50 JST, when the plane was enroute at about 360km east-northeast from Haneda, the crew received indication of hydraulic abnormality and decided to turn back to Haneda. The plane, with 236 passengers and 13 crew members onboard, landed at 04:10 JST safely. Runway D was closed temporarily as a result
JAL uses W51 configuration on this route. There are a total of 245 seats - 56 in Business Class, 40 in Premium Economy, and 149 in Economy Class. So the flight was almost full with load factor of 96.3%!
According to JAL, a hydraulic leak was found but the cause was unknown at this point. JAL switched to another plane and departed Haneda around 3 hours after its return. The flight landed safely at San Francisco with 8 hours and 5 minutes of delay. The return flight JL001 from San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda was also delayed as a result.