In what was described as an ‘unexpected situation’, the AeroMobil 3.0 flying car and its inventor began hurtling towards the ground in a recent test flight, but were saved thanks to an emergency parachute.
The test flight had taken place on Saturday, 8 May, which saw the interesting machine reach a height of 900ft before its designer and self-designated test pilot Stefan Klein realised something was wrong and proceeded to prepare for an emergency landing.
According to a statement issued by Klein and his team, Klein was able to return without injury and will now look through the data gathered by the craft to figure out what exactly went wrong.
The statement further went on to say that this is not a setback and is an expected step in the development of a car that also operates as a functioning plane.
“In the process of developing new vehicles, especially in the prototype phase, the possibility and likelihood of an unexpected situation is a natural part of the testing programme,” it said. “This is a learning period which allows us to detect and subsequently refine our design.”
Despite the AeroMobil team denying that this has been a major setback for the AeroMobil 3.0, photos released by the Slovakian site Nitra appear to show the craft in a state of almost total destruction, or what would be called a ‘write-off’ in car insurance parlance.
However, this marks the first time that the flying car has crashed, having been tested a number of times over the past year as shown in its promotional video.