A Boeing 787 Dreamliner made an emergency landing during test flights in Texas due to smoke in the cabin on Tuesday.
According to the Boeing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) crew reported smoke in the back of the aircraft.
While this is the first incident of its kind, it may add to further delays in a program that has been plagued by delays.
The 787 Dreamliner made it’s maiden flight in December 2009, two years behind schedule due to delays.
The 787 is touted as a quantum leap forward in air travel, made mostly of composites, the aircraft is highly fuel efficient.
The forward fuselage are moulded in one piece reducing Bowing’s need to assemble segments and thus reducing production time.
The aircraft landed safely at Laredo International Airport and was evacuated safely.
The incident will subject the jetliner to additional scrutiny and may cause the 787 to miss its scheduled it’s debut in early 2011.