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Embraer on KC-390 test-aircraft incident: update

Damage was identified on each of the three landing gears

Embraer informs that after an initial evaluation of the KC-390 aircraft, prototype 001, which was involved in an incident on May 05, when it experienced a runway excursion while performing ground tests at Embraer's Gavião Peixoto (SP) facility, extensive damage was identified on each of the three landing gear of the aircraft, as well as damage to the structure of the fuselage. Initial checks indicate that the aircraft and all systems behaved normally, according to the design.

The company in light of the fact occurred is evaluating the planning schedule for the continuation of certification tests, including the possibility of transferring some tests to prototype 002 and to the first series aircraft, which are already in an advanced stage of assembly. The South American industry maintains its forecast for the achievement of the Final Operational Capability, object of the final military certification of the aircraft, as well as the first delivery to the Brazilian Air Force, in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The manufacturer has already initiated the investigation to find the causes of the incident and remains at the disposal of the aeronautical authorities.

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