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NTSB To Disassemble Dreamliner Engine

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 10:30am
The Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators will dismantle the engine from a Boeing 787 that failed during a taxi test last weekend.

The NTSB said Tuesday that as a result of the Saturday failure, debris fell on the runway and ignited a brush fire that temporarily closed Charleston International Airport. There were no injuries.

The engine was made by General Electric Co.

The agency announced an NTSB aircraft engine expert and a metallurgist from its materials lab will travel to a General Electric plant in Cincinnati. There, they will take apart and examine the engine that caused the problem.

The Boeing Co. plant that manufactures the 787 opened last year. Earlier this year, the first plane made at the plant was rolled out and made successful test flights.

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