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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 244305
Last updated: 1 February 2021
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Date:22-OCT-2020
Time:08:00 utc
Type:Leonardo Falco Xplorer
Owner/operator:Leonardo SpA
Registration: XAV-SA-007
C/n / msn: 0001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:off Trapani, Sicily -   Italy
Phase: Take off
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Trapani-Birgi Airport (TPS/LICT)
Destination airport:Trapani-Birgi Airport (TPS/LICT)
Narrative:
Leonardo SpA reports that during the flight campaign aimed at certifying the remotely piloted Falco Xplorer, the aircraft used in testing activities performed a controlled ditching.
According to a Leonardo statement "The procedure was carried out in total safety by the aircraft crew, directing the Falco (also with the support of the Safety Chase involved in the Flights campaign), in a sea area free from the passage of vessels, without therefore causing any damage to things or people. The aircraft, which confirmed its stability and controllability in all phases of flight, was then stabilized in a floating position and recovered complete. Leonardo is analyzing the circumstances that made ditching necessary in full collaboration with the competent authorities."

Unconfirmed reports suggest a propeller blade had failed shortly after takeoff.

Sources:

https://www.aresdifesa.it/2020/10/24/incidente-per-il-drone-falco-xplorer-di-leonardo/

https://www.edrmagazine.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Leonardo_Falco-Xplorer_01-800x445.jpg (photo)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Oct-2020 18:46 Flmn Added
22-Oct-2020 18:48 harro Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Oct-2020 04:04 RobertMB Updated [Source]
24-Oct-2020 17:02 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source]

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