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Prototype electric airplane makes maiden flight

MOSES LAKE, Wash. — A prototype all-electric plane made its maiden flight Tuesday morning in central Washington.

The Seattle Times reports that when the Federal Aviation Administration finally certifies this small plane for passenger transport, it could become the first all-electric commercial plane.

First electric airplane test flight by US company, eight-minute flight over central Washington (September 27 / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Built by startup Eviation, the plane was built to carry nine passengers and two pilots. It took off from Moses Lake, Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday and landed eight minutes later.

The company’s goal is to demonstrate that such an electric plane is viable as a commuter aircraft at an altitude of about 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).

Designed by engineers from Washington State and Israel, the plane will be powered by 21,500 tiny Tesla-style battery cells.

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