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Mitsubishi Heavy to close SpaceJet's US flight testing site

Japanese manufacturer ends overseas operations for shelved plane project

Mitsubishi Heavy used the test center in the U.S. state of Washington to pursue type certification for the jet. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will shut down a flight testing center in the U.S. state of Washington for its SpaceJet program, ending all international operations for building Japan's first homegrown passenger airliner in decades.

The decision follows Mitsubishi Heavy's announcement last month that it would "temporarily pause" the regional jet project, all but freezing test flights and mass production.

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