Test flight accident for Joby eVTOL prototype
One of Joby Aviation’s two prototype eVTOL aircraft has been involved in an accident during a test flight at its California facility.
The firm made an 8K filing to US Securities and Exchange Commission on February 16th, 2022. Joby said that the accident caused no injuries.
The prototype aircraft are remotely operated in uninhabited areas, according to Joby. The company provided no information on the damage caused to the aircraft.
“Experimental flight test programmes are intentionally designed to determine the limits of aircraft performance and accidents are unfortunately a possibility. We will be supporting the relevant authorities in investigating the accident thoroughly,” Joby said in a statement.
According to a preliminary report from the FAA, the aircraft involved is registered as N542AJ, which is the first first preproduction prototype Joby built. The record states that the aircraft “crashed during a test flight” at Jolson, California.
The aircraft was flying at an altitude of around 1,200ft , at times reaching speeds as high as 240kts (276mph), according to data from ADSB Exchange.
Joby has not said which of its two prototypes was involved in the accident. At the end of January, the company did confirm it is planning to begin public demonstration flights in the San Francisco Bay area.
Joby’s eVTOL four-passenger aircraft is expected to be certified and ready to enter service in 2024.