A prototype of a promising electric air taxi-Jet convertiplane of Lilium, the development of which involved the German startup Lilium, burnt down during the maintenance. As writes Flightglobal, the incident occurred on February 27, 2020. The aircraft, the first prototype Jet Lilium, repair and restoration is not subject.
The cause of the fire is not yet disclosed. Currently, experts Lilium are investigating the cause of fire electric air taxis. The startup also announced the postponement of the start of flight testing of the second sample of Lilium Jet for a few weeks. The decision about testing will be taken after experts will investigate the cause of fire.
While the company believes that the planned 2025 commercial maintenance air taxi will not be transferred. While the startup is left with only one prototype, which will continue its flight test program. By the way, this machine was standing next to the burnt air taxi, but damage from the fire is not received.
The first flight of the first prototype Jet Lilium held in 2017. Since then, the unit has flown several hundred hours and has passed some important inspections, including the transition from helicopter flight mode to fly an aircraft.
Lilium Jet has two fixed wings, which is rotatably mounted fans. 12 such fans located on the front wing and 24 on the rear. By changing the installation angle of the fan air taxis can take off and land vertically, and perform a quick horizontal flight.
Under the project, the air taxi can fly at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. The range of the device on a full charge the batteries will be about 300 kilometers. Air taxi made a five: four seats for passengers and one for pilots.
Lilium Jet was the second electric aircraft, burned for one month. At the end of January 2020 at the airport in Prescott, Arizona burned one of the prototypes of the future passenger electric airplane Alice. The aircraft is being developed by the Israeli company Eviation Aircraft.
The arson investigation is not yet completed. Presumably, the cause of the fire could be an external battery connected to an aircraft during ground tests.