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NTSB investigating Dreamliner engine issue

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes flight after being unveiled. (File) The Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes flight after being unveiled. (File)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -

Boeing Co. says federal regulators are investigating after one of its 787 jets had an engine issue that sparked a fire in South Carolina, but the company remains confident in its safety.

The jet is one of Boeing's most critical products.

The Chicago company delivered the first 787, known as the Dreamliner, last year following several years of design and production delays.

Boeing said Sunday that a 787 had an engine issue Saturday while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston, S.C.

The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston reported that debris from the aircraft fell on the runway at Charleston International Airport and sparked a fire in the nearby grass, which closed the airport for more than an hour.

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