All Nippon Airways and Japan Air Lines ground their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft after one makes an emergency landing in Japan.
Two Japanese airliners have grounded all of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a sixth problem in less than two weeks.
All Nippon Airlines (ANA) announced it was grounding all 17 of its 787s after one was forced to carry out an emergency landing in west Japan on Wednesday when smoke appeared in the cabin.
Japan Air Lines Co Ltd (JAL) said it would also suspend all Dreamliner flights scheduled to leave Japan on Wednesday over safety concerns.
Public broadcaster NHK said the ANA aircraft made the landing in Takamatsu and all passengers on board were evacuated.
ANA spokeswoman Naoko Yamamoto said: "It made an emergency landing at Takamatsu because there was an error message during the flight.
"It is true that the aircraft has recently seen a series of troubles. But we cannot say if this has something in common with previous problems."
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A statement later said a battery problem had forced the emergency landing.
TV footage showed emergency chutes deployed from the plane at the airport, on Japan's fourth largest island of Shikoku.
ANA said 129 passengers and eight crew were on board. No one was injured. The aircraft was travelling to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
It comes after America's aviation watchdog, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ordered a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after five separate problems with the aircraft in as many days.
On Friday, oil was discovered leaking from another ANA operated Dreamliner at Miyazaki airport in southern Japan.
On the same day, a cracked cockpit window was also discovered on another of its 787s.
Last Wednesday, a domestic flight was halted by ANA because brake parts to the rear left undercarriage needed replacing.
And a JAL jet was also grounded at Boston Logan International airport in the US following an engine fuel leak.
Another JAL 787 filled with smoke shortly after passengers and crew had disembarked last Monday.
Japanese authorities announced on Monday they would investigate the fuel leak.
Japan is the biggest market so far for the Dreamliner, with ANA and Japan Airlines Co flying 24 of the 50 Dreamliners delivered to date.
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