​Sukhoi Superjet Crash: Prototype Makes Crash Landing​​

By: | 07/23/2013 10:28 AM ET

On Sunday, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 made a crash landing after its automatic landing system failed to deploy its gear. The prototype aircraft 95005 ended up landing with its gear-up at the Keflavík International Airport.

Sukhoi Superjet Crash

At the final stage of a test flight to evaluate the Sukhoi Superjet 100′s automatic landing system on Sunday, the aircraft “touched the runway with retracted landing gear,” Sukhoi Civil Aircraft said in a statement.

One certification center expert injured his leg during evacuation, but the other four people aboard were unharmed, the statement said.

Things haven’t been looking too good for the Russian aerospace company Sukhoi since May 2012 when one of their planes crashed into a mountain in Indonesia.

During this promotional flight, 45 people were killed due to the pilot ignoring warnings.

“The crew ignored repeated warnings from the aircraft’s systems of the impending terrain conflicts because they thought the alerts were the result of a database problem. In fact, it appears the crew never knew what they hit since they turned off the terrain avoidance functions just before the aircraft, on a demo flight with potential customers, hit Mt. Salak. According to The Associated Press, cockpit voice recordings show the captain of the aircraft was chatting with a potential customer as the aircraft hit the mountain.”