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Boeing Downplays 787 Production Snags

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As it builds the first of its 787 jetliners, Boeing Co. is grappling with production snags ranging from fuselage sections that didn't fit together perfectly on the first try to an industrywide shortage of the fasteners that hold the plane together.

But the company insists it expected bumps in the road as it started assembling its first all-new plane in more than a decade, and it says it's resolving problems as quickly as they crop up.

The latest hiccup: A 0.3-inch gap where the left side of the nose-and-cockpit section didn't line up with the fuselage section behind it.