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Copter set to fly for 1st time

THE AC313, China's first independently developed civilian helicopter, has its maiden flight scheduled for mid-March in Jiangxi Province, a company official said in Beijing over the weekend.

Sun Cong, deputy chief engineer of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said that the AC313 is the country's first domestically developed large helicopter for civilian use.

The AC313, designed and made by AVIC, has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons and can carry 27 passengers or 15 wounded personnel, said Sun.

The helicopter is designed for a variety of uses, including search and rescue and fighting forest fires, Sun said.


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