Yeah the Leopard 2 naming gets into M1 A2 SEPv3 or T-55AM2PB territory. Just call it A7 and be done with it.
FM Heiko Maas was getting on the way to NCY to chair the UNSC but the plane broke down. Again! This time on the runway in NYC but he still didn't make it
Most of those incidents have been mundane, if embarrassing due to the high visibility and the (at least perceived, due to corresponding media coverage) frequency; the most serious so far has been the electrical failure on Angela Merkel's flight to Argentina. However, the latest instance appears to have been positively life-threatening, fortunately occurring on a check flight of a Global 5000 after industry maintenance, with just the crew aboard.
Soon after take-off, they experienced uncontrolled rolling and a stall, and returned to Berlin-Schönefeld immediately. The problem reappeared during approach at just 1,000 feet, when the aircraft started rolling hard right without command. It missed the runway, touched down on the ramp and skid across multiple taxiways and grass areas, striking the ground with both wings in the process and ending up on another runway. They were damn lucky that nothing was in their way.
As it is, the aircraft suffered considerable structural damage, including on the undercarriage; the fuselage may have been warped, too. The crew was medically checked out, but no major injuries were reported. It is suspected that the spoilers were set wrong during maintenance. Shades of the Tiger crash in Mali where the same happened with the cyclic main rotor steering.
The test flight did what it was supposed to do. And it is most probably Bombardier's fault, that the bird did not fly anymore. they had for repair and overhaul after all. Although inconvenient it is not the Bundeswehr's fault. If the fuselage is warped, does bombardier have to deliver a new plane? The bird is only a few years old. Does the warranty still cover this?
Edited by Panzermann, 20 April 2019 - 0407 AM.