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Mitsubishi jet faces another delay with Bombardier lawsuit

Canadian company accuses ex-employees of passing on aircraft secrets

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is still waiting for takeoff.

TOKYO -- Japan's first modern passenger plane in half a century, whose final completion date has been delayed five times, risks being grounded yet again due to a lawsuit by an international competitor.

Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier filed a complaint against Mitsubishi Aircraft in a U.S. federal court in Seattle on Friday, alleging that the Japanese developer of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet improperly obtained trade secrets passed on by former Bombardier employees.

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