ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-powered Piper Malibu had a crash, as it attempted an off-field landing. The two occupants reportedly suffered no injuries.
The crash happened on Thursday, four days after ZeroAvia restarted hydrogen-powered flights, following some upgrades. The aircraft is a Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage, with registration G-HYZA. At this time we know that the crash site is near Cranfield airport (EGTC), where ZeroAvia runs its hydrogen project.
(Image; Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage Credits: ZeroAvia)
According to the company, the aircraft landed on its wheels, but the left wing hit vegetation as it was slowing down. As it hit, the left wing of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-powered plane separated, along with the left main landing gear. The two people on board exited the aircraft before fire crews arrived.
(Image: Drone image of the plane after crushing)
ZeroAvia has shared some details about what happened in Twitter. However, investigations are still ongoing. Nonetheless, there were thankfully no injuries to the two crew members on board the plane.
About the Project
Just last September, ZeroAvia’s modified Piper Malibu Mirage made history by after a short trip around the Cranfield Airport. The plane was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, a groundbreaking achievement for the program as it is claimed to be the first-ever flight with zero-emission fuel for a “commercial-grade” passenger aircraft.
British Airways is keen to see the development of development of hydrogen-electric powered vehicles. Parent company IAG wants to reach zero emissions on short-haul operations by 2050. So, ZeroAvia’s projects could prove crucial in this mission.