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Mitsubishi Regional Jet test flights get underway in US

A Mitsubishi Regional Jet takes off in Nagoya on Sept. 26.

NAGOYA, Japan -- Mitsubishi Aircraft began test-flying its new passenger jet in the U.S. on Monday afternoon, local time, the company said.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet -- Japan's first homegrown jet airliner -- was flown stateside for testing in September. The first test flight lasted around three hours. The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to carry out 2,500 hours of flight testing to gain the certification needed to fly commercially. 

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