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December 11, 2019 - by bbc.com
An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a "world first" for the aviation industry.
The short test flight by Harbour Air and magniX involved a six-passenger aircraft fitted with an electric motor.
The companies said it was a first step to building the "world's first all-electric commercial fleet".
The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector.
"This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation - the electric age," Harbour Air and magniX said in a statement.
The flight involved a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system...
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