10 Oct 2013

Faulty toilet forces Dreamliner to turn back

6:36 pm on 10 October 2013

A 787 Dreamliner bound for Japan has been forced to turn around and fly back to Russia after the onboard toilets failed to flush.

Operator Japan Airlines says the Boeing plane carrying 151 crew and passengers left Moscow late Wednesday night local time bound for Tokyo, but returned two hours later.

A spokesperson says, as well as the toilets being out of order, there was a fault with the device to heat the meals.

The glitches were believed to be caused by an electrical fault, but had nothing to do with the plane's batteries, the spokesperson said.