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Boeing Dreamliner test flights on hold after emergency landing

Dreamliner on tarmac after emergency landing (Source: CNN) Dreamliner on tarmac after emergency landing (Source: CNN)

LAREDO, TX (CNN) - A test flight Tuesday of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner didn't go as planned.

The pilot reported smoke in the cabin and had to make an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas. Those on board the plane evacuated using the emergency slides.

The Dreamliner is Boeing's next-generation, highly fuel-efficient passenger jet.

It made its maiden flight in December 2009 after two years of delays.

The head of Boeing's commercial aircraft division told CNN in July that the Dreamliner could still make its debut in early 2011.

All test flights of the Dreamliner have been put on hold. Boeing says it is too early to tell what went wrong in Tuesday's test flight.

 

The company has nearly 900 orders for the jet around the world.

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