An investigation has been started into a fire in the electrical systems of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston.

The US Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating the incident on a Japan Airlines 787 which was reported around10.30am local time, 15 minutes after passengers had left the aircraft after landing from Tokyo.

Massport, the Boston airport’s operator, said it had located the fire on the jet in one of the aircraft’s auxiliary electrical systems – which power functions such as cabin lighting.

After the fire was extinguished, a battery exploded, causing another fire, the Financial Times reported.

The 787’s planned return flight to Japan had been cancelled after the fire, Massport said.

Japan Airlines was one of the first operators of the 787, after it entered service in September 2011 with All Nippon Airways, more than three years late.

Last month, a 787 operated by United Airlines flying from Houston to New York had to be diverted to New Orleans after developing what was thought to be a fault with one of its generators.

Qatar Airways also grounded one of its 787s because of issues with its electrical systems.