Battery-powered plane crashes in Norway as country tries to ditch fossil fuels
Both the pilot and single passenger in the plane escaped from the crash unharmed, writes Jon Porter for TheVerge.com.
FROLAND, Norway - An all-electric battery-powered plane has crashed into a lake in Norway, in what is a setback for the country’s attempt to move away from fossil fuel-powered flight. Reuters reports that the Alpha Electro G2 plane is owned and operated by Avinor, Norway’s state-run airport operator, and was being flown by its chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen, when it crashed. On the day of the incident, the CEO was in the process of giving flights to members of the Norwegian government, and junior government minister Aase Marthe Horrigmo was on board at the time. Both escaped from the crash unharmed, writes Jon Porter for TheVerge.com. Continue reading original article
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
August 15, 2019-The Pipstrel-manufactured Alpha Electro G2 made a water landing at relatively low speed after the plane lost all power from the engines on approach to the airport where the pilot was flying a government minister. The cause of the crash is still unknown. The G2 aircraft is owned and operated by state-run Avinor, and was flown by the company's CEO, Dag Falk-Peterson, who had noted in 2018 he hoped passenger flights in electric planes would start by 2025.
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