February 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM
787 Dreamliner field test flight lands
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner has completed its first field test since the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft fleet after serious battery problems. In a statement, the company said the flight was uneventful.
The plane lifted off from Boeing Field at 12:32 p.m. Saturday and landed at 2:51 p.m.. The jetliner covered more than 900 miles along a route across the Cascade Mountains and over Central and Eastern Washington.
The test craft is Dreamliner No. 5, one of six planes filled with measuring equipment used during initial certification flights for the 787. Boeing planned to collect data on battery performance during the flight, which is being regulated and overseen by the FAA. No results have been released yet.
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