Global 7000 suffers minor engine flame-out during test flight


The Global 7000 first flight test vehicle has successfully transferred to the Bombardier Flight Testing Center in Wichita ahead of schedule. The program’s flight validation is progressing well with five additional flights completed since the historic first flight on November 4, 2016.

Bombardier and General Electric (GE) have concluded that an in-flight incident involving a Global 7000 last week was an isolated incident.

According to several media outlets, a Global 7000 suffered an engine flame-out during a test flight from Wichita.

However, Bombardier says that the engine, made by GE, did not actually catch fire and was shut down quickly. The pilots returned to Wichita.

The incident involved Global 7000 MSN 70002/C-GBLB on 15 August. The aircraft was at 41,000ft when the engine flame-out happened.

In statement issued to Corporate Jet Investor, the manufacturer said: “Bombardier and GE have determined that the root cause of last week’s reported occurrence was an isolated event. The Global 7000 aircraft programme’s flight and ground test campaigns continue on track for entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”

Bombardier says that the fourth and fifth Global 7000 test aircraft will be joining the fleet shortly.

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