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MRJ90 Demonstrator Aircraft Damaged at Farnborough

Mitsubishi has confirmed that their MRJ90 demonstrator aircraft has been damaged at Farnborough and that further flying display has been cancelled.

The manufacturer said that on July 16, after the flying display debut, as the aircraft was being pushed back into position, its radome was damaged extensively. Some sources have hinted that the radome was damaged to the point of skin penetration. The damage was caused by a ground handling vehicle.

Mitsubishi is said to be in the process of deciding whether to pull a replacement radome from a test aircraft based Nagoya or at Moses Lake in Washington.

There were no injuries in the incident.