Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) announced that flight test aircraft #3 (FTA-3) of the MRJ program touched down at Grant County International Airport in Washington State, USA, at 7:24 pm (EDT/ GMT-4) on the 31st of March 2017.

FTA-3 took off from Nagoya Airfield at 9:23 am on the 13th of March (JST/ GMT+9), and arrived at the Airport, via Guam International Airport, Majuro International Airport in Republic of the Marshall Islands, Honolulu International Airport and San Jose International Airport.

According to MRJ, the jet left Nagoya Airport but returned after an oil leak in a hydraulic line was found after it took off from an airport in Hawaii. After parts were replaced and it received another safety check, the airplane left Hawaii on Saturday [31st of March] and arrived in Washington the same day.

The total flight distance and time were approximately 14,000 km and 19 hours and 48 minutes respectively.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, announced that MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will adjust the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The change is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification.

With FTA-3’s arrival to the USA, MRJ now has a total of four flight test aircraft based at our Moses Lake Flight Test Center in Washington State.

MRJ said that it expects to be at full flight test operations within the coming weeks.

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