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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 16 Apr 19, 14:35Post
A German Air Force Global 5000, operating for the German Government, almost crashed at SXF today, after encountering serious problems during a test flight.

The German Executive Transport Wing (Flugbereitschaft) has made quite a few headlines recently, as their aircraft break down left and right, leaving government members stranded all across the globe. Most notably, chancellor Angela Merkel recently showed up late at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, after her A343 suffered a full losscomm. She had to be rebooked to an Iberia flight the next day.

Today, an unconfirmed number of crew members were on a test flight with a Bombardier Global 5000 (reg 1401) that came fresh out of maintenance. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft started to roll uncontrollably. The crew issued a 'mayday' call and attempted an emergency landing at SXF. They made it down in one piece, but suffered wing strikes on both sides during the landing.

The aircraft received substantial damage. The crew members were tended to by medical services, but appear to be okay.


1401 (file photo)

The so called "white fleet" of the German Executive Transport Wing operates:
2 x Airbus A340-313X (regs 1601, 1602)
1 x Airbus A321-231 (1504)
3 x Airbus A319-133X (1501, 1502, 1503)
4 x Bombardier Global Express 5000 (1401, 1402, 1403, 1404)

Source (German): https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschl ... 63133.html
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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 16 Apr 19, 21:02Post
Some pictures of the landing in this (German) video:



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JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 16 Apr 19, 22:10Post
Hydraulics? That rudder is up to all kinds of strangeness.

Who is responsible for maintenance? Are they using their own techs or subbing it out to a contractor?
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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 16 Apr 19, 23:48Post
JLAmber wrote:Who is responsible for maintenance? Are they using their own techs or subbing it out to a contractor?

Subbed to Lufthansa-Bombardier Aviation Service.
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Queso (netAirspace ATC Tower Chief & Founding Member) 18 Apr 19, 17:32Post
Damn. They are lucky to be alive.
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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 19 Apr 19, 20:29Post
They absolutely are. The aircraft may be a write-off, though. Both wings are heavily damaged, the fuselage may be twisted, and the gear suffered from runway excursions upon landing, including unpaved surfaces.

The rudder input seems to have been done manually, as that was one of the few things the crew had control over. Main culprit for the almost uncontrollable aircraft are the spoilers.
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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 26 Apr 19, 17:47Post
Aaand the culprit is... Lufthansa. While they didn't formally accept the blame yet, they acknowledged that the initial report showed some "alarming details", and sent an own executive to figure out how the things that did happen could happen.

Going by media reports, the torque tube assembly was misconnected after maintenance at Lufthansa Technik, leaving the pilots with no control over the spoilers.

Source (German): https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschl ... 64683.html
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