Boeing cancels test flights after Dreamliner’s emergency landing
By the CNN Wire Staff
- Boeing spokeswoman says no new flights will be scheduled for now
- Decision comes after a test flight makes emergency landing in Texas
- The Dreamliner is Boeing’s next-generation passenger jet
(CNN) — Boeing said Wednesday it has canceled tests flights of its 787 Dreamliner after one made an emergency landing in south Texas.
“Until we understand the event, we’re not going to schedule any new flights,” said Lori Gunter, a Boeing spokeswoman.
An unspecified number of test flights had been planned for Wednesday.
The cancellation comes after the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner made the emergency landing in Laredo on Tuesday afternoon after the pilot reported smoke in the cabin.
It landed during a test flight , the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The jetliner landed at Laredo International Airport after the flight crew reported smoke in the cabin at the back of the twin-engine aircraft, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
Those aboard evacuated using the plane’s slides, Lunsford said.
“We are continuing to gather data regarding this event,” Gunter said in a statement. “It’s too early to tell what may have gone wrong.”
The Dreamliner is Boeing’s next-generation passenger jet, touted as a highly fuel-efficient aircraft made largely with composite materials.
It made its maiden flight in December 2009 after two years of delays, but the head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division told CNN in July that the Dreamliner could still make its debut in early 2011.
The company has nearly 900 orders for the jet around the world.
CNN’s Frances Causey and Jason Kessler contributed to this report.
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