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AgustaWestland: to trial the supposed responsibles for the crash of the AW-609 aircraft

During the test flight, the two test pilots died

The first preliminary hearing will be held next October 16 against the executives of AgustaWestland-Leonardo regarding the accident of the AW-609 tilt-rotor (airplane+helicopter) registration N609AG, which occurred in Tronzano Vercellese on October 30, 2015. The two test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Gerald Moran III died in the accident.

After more than two years of investigations and acquisitions of documentation the deputy prosecutor of the Republic, Francesco Alvino, asked at the end of May the commitment for trial against: Scott Clive Charles as program manager of the AW-609 project, in the management and technical supervision on behalf of AWPC (AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation); King David Williams as Project Director of the AW-609 project within the technical supervision on behalf of AWPC; Maurizio Parolini as responsible for the technical management of the FCS control system of the aircraft as part of the AW-609 project on behalf of AWPC; Clemente Brena as head of the electro-avionics engineering department for the development of the FCS control system of the aircraft in the context of the AW-609 plan on behalf of AgustaWestland -now Leonardo helicopters division- based in Samarate (Varese), for several indictments, which according to the judge who referred to trial caused the crash of the AW-609 aircraft prototype AC2, owned by Leonardo SpA, in experimental flight.

The fall of this tiltrotor has interrupted the certification by Easa (European Aviation Safety Agency).

An agreement was announced last February 27, 2018 between Leonardo and Era Group (one of the largest helicopter operators in the world) for the launch of the AW-609 multi-role aircraft on the US civilian market, and it was announced that over 50 expressions of interest were been expressed by operators at worldwide.

There is no news on the certification by the American Federal Aviation Administration (Faa). Leonardo specified that the AW-609 will be soon certified in USA.

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