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Boeing to Inspect 787s Before Next Flights

Boeing will inspect the 787's horizontal stabilizers, the smaller wing on the plane's tail, on all flight test airplanes before their next flights.

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will inspect the 787's horizontal stabilizers, the smaller wing on the plane's tail, on all flight test airplanes before their next flights.

The inspections are expected to take one or two days.

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"Reports that the fleet is 'grounded' are incorrect," Boeing said in a statement on its Web site.

Boeing said it decided to do the inspections before their next flights to "ensure any rework is completed as quickly as possible." If a plane needs rework, it could take up to eight days for each plane.

"We expect that this issue will be addressed within the existing program schedule," Boeing said. "The 787 remains on track for first delivery to (All Nippon Airways) by the end of this year."

Boeing has relied on global suppliers to build nearly all components of the 787 Dreamliner. But the program has hit various snags, delaying December's first flight by more than two years.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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