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Originally published September 6, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified September 6, 2007 at 3:33 PM

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Boeing calls 787 crash test a success

Boeing engineers studying the outcome of the crash test conducted two weeks ago on a Dreamliner fuselage section are satisfied that the...

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

Boeing engineers studying the outcome of the crash test conducted two weeks ago on a Dreamliner fuselage section are satisfied that the results came out as predicted by their computer models, 787 spokeswoman Lori Gunter said Thursday.

"We've done enough analysis at this point to declare success," said Gunter.

In the test, Boeing dropped a 10-foot long fuselage section 15 feet onto a steel plate. The goal was to validate the computer models used to predict the effects of a heavy crash landing.

Boeing will now use the computer models to simulate multiple crash scenarios. It needs to prove to the Federal Aviation Adminstration that the Dreamliner's largely plastic fuselage is at least as safe in a crash as a traditional aluminum airframe.

"This work will continue in the months ahead and be part of the overall 787 certification effort," said Gunter.

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