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Electric aircraft crashes during test flightElectric aircraft crashes during test flight

A two-seat Magnus Aircraft eFusion crashed May 31 in Hungary during a test flight, killing both people on board.

Two Magnus eFusion aircraft, each powered by a Siemens electric motor, make a flyby at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany in April. Photo courtesy of AERO Friedrichshafen.

“A Magnus eFusion experimental aircraft took off at 10.10 a.m., and while completing its test flight—due to yet unknown reasons and circumstances—crashed into the corn field between the settlements Pogány and Szalánta,” Magnus Aircraft said. 

The eFusion is powered by a Siemens SP-55D 75-horsepower electric motor. Following the accident, Siemens said it “decided to ground the Magnus eFusion aircraft fleet until we know the cause of this tragic accident.”

Siemens said it is working closely with investigation authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

An eFusion made the line’s first public flight at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany in April.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: Aircraft, Electric, Accident

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