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Third prototype of China's C919 jet completes first test flight

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Asia   COMAC said the plane landed safely

A third prototype of China's home-built C919 narrowbody passenger jet completed its first test flight on Friday.


The C919, which will compete with Boeing Co's 737 and the Airbus SE A320, is widely regarded as a symbol of China's civil aerospace ambition and President Xi Jinping's policy of upgrading manufacturing capabilities.

In a statement on its official microblog, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) said the plane landed safely at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 12:45 p.m. (0445 GMT), having flown for 1 hour and 38 minutes.

The jet will next fly to the city of Xian in central China for more test flights with a focus on aircraft flutter and airspeed calibration, the company said.


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