Joby Aviation Inc. announced that one of its two experimental prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft was involved in an accident during a remotely piloted February 16 test flight.
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said that the aircraft was undergoing flight tests at the time of the accident. The accident occurred at an uninhabited, remote flight test base and there were no injuries.
Bloomberg reported that Joby’s stock dipped sharply after the news broke, dropping 6 percent by noon on February 17 on top of an 11-percent loss dating to the previous day, the largest two-day dip since January 24. Joby is among many eVTOL prototype builders hoping to be the first to achieve FAA certification of an eVTOL aircraft.
Morgan Stanley analyst Kristine Liwag wrote in a research note reported by Bloomberg that the accident flight was not part of the FAA certification test program; however, investors may need reassurance.
“In our view, the accident with the Joby aircraft does not close the door on FAA certification,” Liwag said, as reported by Bloomberg. “However, the cause of the accident must be understood.”