‘‘These problems must be fully investigated,’’ he said.
Boeing has said that various technical problems are to be expected in the early days of any aircraft model.
‘‘Boeing is aware of the diversion of a 787 operated by ANA to Takamatsu in western Japan. We will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies,’’ Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is aware of Wednesday’s emergency landing in Japan and is gathering information on the incident, said Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the board.
In Wednesday’s incident, a cockpit instrument showed a problem with the 787’s battery and the pilot noticed an unusual smell, the airline said. The flight requested and was granted permission to make an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport.
Aviation safety expert John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member, said the ANA pilot made the right decision.
‘‘They were being very prudent in making the emergency landing even though there’s been no information released so far that indicates any of these issues are related,’’ he said.
But much remains uncertain about the problems being experienced by the 787, said Masaharu Hirokane, analyst at Nomura Securities Co. in Tokyo.
‘‘You need to ensure safety 100 percent, and then you also have to get people to feel that the jet is 100 percent safe,’’ Hirokane said.
AP Business Writer Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong and AP Transportation Writer Joan Lowy in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.