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NATION IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON : President’s Jets Pass Inspection for Flaw

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The two planes that President Bush uses as Air Force One were among 28 Boeing 747s the government ordered inspected for fuel-system design problems, but his planes were found to be working properly, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration directive stemmed from an engine fire last week in a Northwest Airlines 747-400 that returned to Narita airport near Tokyo. Nearly 50 passengers were hurt sliding down escape chutes. A fuel-system design problem is suspected of causing the fire, officials said. Boeing Co. is based in Seattle.


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