Incident - CSeries 55007 CS100 On Its Tail
Boom Trucks Helping Release the Front Weight so the Fuselage Does Not Bend too Much
12:00 (17:00 UTC) - February 12, 2018 - Quebec, Canada by Sylvain Faust
As you can see on this picture taken earlier this morning, one of the CSeries parked outdoor at the Mirabel facility was found in a rather unusual position.
The sub assembly holding the front gear to the ground somehow have way leaving the tail weight alone now pulling it down, thus lifting the nose of the aircraft.
This is CSeries MSN (manufacturer serial number) 50007, the 2nd "production" aircraft, one of those built nut never delivered.
Built just before is MSN 50006, the first "Production" CSeries, aka P1, a CS100 (see picture below),
MSN 50006 aka P1, first CSeries Production aircraft, a CS100Photo: Sylvain Faust
All the CSeries built before P1 were Flight Test Vehicle (FTV, i.e. test aircraft also use toward its certification with the FAA, Transport Canada and EASA in Europe).
FTV1 to FTV5 respectively bear MSN 50001 to 50005. Remember that all MSN starting with 50 designate CS100s while CS300 aircraft serial start with 55.
The first ever CSeries delivered to a customer was to SWISS and its MSN is 50010. MSN 50007, 50008 and 50009 were never delivered and have remained parked outdoor for almost 2 years, no engine, no interior… sweet nothing, just empty aircraft. No customers wanted those early production birds, it seems.
It follows suit the absence of engines on these "empty shell", coupled to the general emptiness elsewhere, no systems and nothing in the cockpit, substantially shifts the location of their center of gravity. In such circumstances, the tail assembly became much heavier than the forward area of the aircraft, thus requiring the nose to be fitted with additional weight to compensate. And this is the part that failed.
Also noteworthy, according to source clse to the subject, Bombardier would have decided that those 3 CSeries aircraft should never fly. Would they be the first three CSeries to be totally written off? Scrap? Please put one in a museum! Another one in in front of the assembly line in Mirabel? With a fresh paint and a pair of old GTF engine, in front of the facility, giving passersby a hint on what is going on inside? What about putting one up for sale on eBay?
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