Prototype electric plane grounded after fatal crash

An experimental electric plane powered by Siemens experienced a fatal crash in Hungary last week.

The Magnus eFusion prototype aircraft crashed – killing both pilots.

The aircraft is powered by an electric motor and features multiple lithium-ion batteries placed at the front of the vehicle.

The cause of the accident is unknown, with Siemens stating it is working closely with authorities to clarify why the plane went down.

“We can confirm that an accident happened to an experimental airplane featuring our electric propulsion unit,” Siemens said in a statement.

“However, please do understand that we cannot comment on eventual causes or any circumstances at this point of time.”

Siemens has expressed its condolences to the families of the pilots and grounded the aircraft until the cause can be determined.

“As a precautionary measure, we decided to ground the Magnus eFusion aircraft fleet until we know the cause of this tragic accident,” said Siemens.

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Prototype electric plane grounded after fatal crash