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Bombardier CSeries test fleet grounded

  • Associated Press
  • Published Friday, May 30, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.

— Bombardier’s CSeries test flight program has been grounded following what the company called “an engine-related incident” on one of the aircraft during ground maintenance testing in Canada.

A company spokesman said Friday there were no injuries and testing will resume pending an investigation by the company, engine-make Pratt & Whitney and Transport Canada.

Montreal-based Bombardier, the world’s third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft, has said it hopes to capture half the global market of the 100-to-149-seat planes, and has marketed the CSeries plane as being 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the comparable Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft.

The CSeries is critical to Bombardier Aerospace, which has spent years designing the advanced-technology jet. Some of the testing on the plane is being conducted at Bombardier’s facility in Wichita.

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