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A Boeing 787 damaged by an internal fire returns to Seattle from Texas (AP)

The Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, because of an electrical fire during a test flight is safely back in Seattle.

The plane flew from Laredo International Airport to Boeing Field.

Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter said maintenance technicians replaced the power distribution panel damaged in the November 9 fire, fixed interior damage and installed new insulation before the 787 was sent back to Seattle.

She said that the return flight to Seattle would not include test operations.

Boeing has been testing the new 787, which it calls the Dreamliner, aiming to deliver the first one to Japan’s All Nippon Airways around February, which would be nearly three years later than originally hoped.

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