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Second China-Built Passenger Jet Completes Test Flight

By Yu Dawei and Teng Jing Xuan
The second protoype of the C919 jetliner has notched a new speed record for the model at 291 mph. Above, the prototype takes off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Sunday during its first test flight. Photo: Visual China
The second protoype of the C919 jetliner has notched a new speed record for the model at 291 mph. Above, the prototype takes off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Sunday during its first test flight. Photo: Visual China

The second China-built COMAC C919 passenger jet has completed its first test flight, surpassing its predecessor’s May flight in terms of maximum altitude and speed.

After taking off Sunday morning from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the new C919 prototype, which bore the identification number 10102, successfully flew for over two hours before landing safely. While airborne, the jetliner reached a maximum altitude of 15,300 feet, over 50% higher than the 10,000 feet reached by the previous C919 model, the 10101, months earlier, according to state media reports.

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