This morning around 09:00 (UTC +2), a Bombardier Global 5000 of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) (registered as 14+01) departed Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) but was forced to return after a technical issue on the flight controls, allegedly after faulty maintenance.
During landing, both wings scraped the runway, resulting in a near crash. After landing, the aircraft ended up slightly next to the runway, blocking the runway. Departures have been halted. At the moment of writing, eight aircraft diverted to nearby Tegel Airport, seriously disrupting the airlines’ flight schedules.
The German Air Force announced that no passengers were on board the aircraft: “The crew is being medically examined. The aircraft headed back to Berlin Schönefeld after a technical malfunction just after take-off. We are investigating the cause of the incident,” the German Air Force tweeted.
- Ryanair flights: Madrid, Edinburgh, Brussels and Seville
- easyJet from London Luton and Basel
- El Al from Tel Aviv
- Rossiya from St Petersburg
(*) the belated aircraft appears to be a German Air Force Bombardier Global 5000, registered 14+01
#Passenger #Note #SXF: Currently operations at #Schoenefeld Airport is disturbed. Flights approaching are diverted. Please inquire with your airline about your flight status. Reason is an inoperative aircraft on the runway.
— Berlin Airport Service (@berlinairport) April 16, 2019
#Global 5000 der #Flugbereitschaft bei Landung in #Schönefeld mit Bodenberührung beider Tragflächen. Keine Passagiere an Bord. Crew wird medizinisch untersucht. Maschine kehrte aufgrund von Funktionsstörung nach dem Start um. Ursache wird untersucht.#Luftwaffe pic.twitter.com/9vDFM4CgWI
— Team_Luftwaffe (@Team_Luftwaffe) April 16, 2019
Dramatic photo by @aeroTELEGRAPH of @bombardierjets Global 5000 @Team_Luftwaffe German govmt VIP jet nearly spinning out of control at #Berlin SXF today after allegedly faulty maintenance, resulting in near-crash and both wings scraping on the runway #avgeek pic.twitter.com/SVh8spqOex
— Andreas Spaeth (@SpaethFlies) 16 avril 2019