In Germany, a disaster occurred during the tests of electric air taxiMarch 3, 2020
In Germany, a fire occurred during maintenance of the Lilium Jet electric tiltrotor, which completely destroyed a five-seat air taxi.
It is reported by Flightglobal. As a result of the incident, the prototype cannot be restored and repaired.
The causes of the fire have not yet been disclosed. Currently, Lilium specialists are investigating the causes of the fire of taxi cabs.
The startup’s management also announced that the start of flight testing of the second Lilium Jet sample will be postponed for several weeks. The decision to conduct the tests will be made after specialists find out the cause of the fire.
At the same time, the company is confident that the start of commercial operation of the air taxi planned for 2025 will not be postponed. It is worth noting that the startup was left with only one prototype, which will continue the flight test program. By the way, this machine was standing next to a burned air taxi, but was not damaged by fire.
The first flight of the first prototype Lilium Jet took place in 2017. Since then, the device flew several hundred hours and passed a number of important checks, including the transition from helicopter flight to horizontal flight.
Lilium Jet has two fixed wings on which rotary electric fans are installed. 12 of these electric fans are located on the front wing and 24 on the rear. Thanks to a change in the installation angle of the fans, air taxi can take off and land vertically, as well as perform a fast horizontal flight.
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