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Boeing Temporarily Grounds 787s To Fix Problem

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Times says Boeing Co. has temporarily grounded its 787 jetliner fleet because of a quality problem in a portion of the tail built by Italian manufacturer Alenia.

Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach tells the paper that engineers are inspecting all 23 of the jets built so far and some may need a fix that could take up to eight days. She says the problem is regrettable but under control, and won't cause a delay in flight testing or the delivery of the first plane to a customer.

The Times says the problem was discovered within the past week. Leach says parts were improperly installed in a way that could shorten the life of a joint in the horizontal stabilizer on the plane's tail.
      
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