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Bombardier CSeries test fleet grounded after engine incident

The CSeries is critical to Bombardier Aerospace, which has spent years designing the advanced-technology jet

June 2, 2014  by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—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 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 per cent 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.

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