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EF2000 DA6 Crashes

Thu Nov 21, 2002 10:09 pm

Early reports are that DA6, one of the EF2000 Development Aircraft, came down near Toledo, Spain, at about 11am (local time) today, following a double engine flameout. The pilot is safe, although it is not known yet if anyone else was on board.

Damage to the aircraft, operated by EADS-CASA, is not yet known, but is assumed to be written off.

More details as they become available.
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RE: EF2000 DA6 Crashes

Fri Nov 22, 2002 1:28 am

It seems the aircraft suffered complete hydraulic failure at around FL450, resulting in the pilot ejecting just before total loss of control.

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RE: EF2000 DA6 Crashes

Fri Nov 22, 2002 3:12 am

The media have confirmed it:

The report is reasonably accurate apart from a couple of things. Not bad...
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RE: EF2000 DA6 Crashes

Sat Nov 23, 2002 12:22 am

BBC is quite good. They usually get the aircraft type correct first try  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Sad day for the program, let's hope they don't do what the Americans do whenever there's a setback and put the entire program on hold for a year of congressional reviews...
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RE: EF2000 DA6 Crashes

Mon Nov 25, 2002 9:59 pm

From the Eurofighter web site:

Eurofighter Typhoon DA6 Test Flight Incident/Accident Update 22 November 2002

(Hallbergmoos – 22 November 2002) Further to an earlier report covering the air incident involving Eurofighter Typhoon DA6.

During a routine test flight in the mountainous Toledo region of Spain the twin-seat Eurofighter Typhoon DA6 was involved in an air incident that resulted in the loss of the aircraft. The aircrew, EADS CASA Chief Test Pilot, Eduardo Cuadrado and Spanish Air Force OTC Pilot, Ignacio Lombo, ejected safely from the aircraft and returned to the EADS-CASA Flight Test Centre in Getafe. Following medical checks both were released from care.

The incident occurred approximately 15 minutes after take off from Getafe Flight Test Centre over the Military Flight Test Range near Toledo (Poligono de Pruebas de Anchuras). The aircraft was flying level at 45,000ft at a speed of Mach 0.7. In accordance with pre agreed procedures for the use of development aircraft an investigation panel has been formed to establish the cause of the accident.

Eurofighter Typhoon DA6 is one of seven development aircraft in the programme. To date the DA-fleet has accumulated more than 2,000 flight test hours. DA6 has accumulated 362 missions for 326 flying hours. In addition, three Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) recently joined the flight test programme.

The Eurofighter Flight Test programme has an exemplary Flight Safety Record. This recent event is the only air accident to have occured in the Eurofighter development and flight test programme.

Like all DA-series aircraft, DA6 is fitted with specialized Flight Test Instrumentation and Flight Data Recorders. Real time data covering every aircraft system and parameter is sent to the Flight Test Centre throughout every flight for analysis.

Based on established processes for military air accidents the investigation will be headed by the Spanish Accident Investigation Agency (CITAM - Comision Investigacion Tecnica Accidentes Militares) on behalf of NETMA and the four Eurofighter partner nations.

In accordance with existing protocols Eurofighter will provide support to the investigation through a designated Eurofighter Accident Surveillance Team.

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