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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 1 February 1972
Time:14:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic VF14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
VFW/Fokker VFW.614
Operator:VFW-Fokker
Registration: D-BABA
C/n / msn: G001
First flight: 1971-07-14 (7 months)
Total airframe hrs:30
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Bremen Airport (BRE) (   Germany)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Bremen Airport (BRE/EDDW), Germany
Destination airport:Bremen Airport (BRE/EDDW), Germany
Narrative:
Since its first flight on July 14, 1971, the VFW/Fokker VFW.614 prototype was engaged in several test flights. Changes were made following elevator flutter problems during test flights. For the flight on February 1, 1972 the airplane had been fitted with flutter dampers.
The flight test called for an asymmetric flutter at 220 kt and 10,000 feet. This time the flutter could not be eliminated by slowing down and the crew abandoned the aircraft. Co-pilot Hans Bardill was killed when his parachute failed to open. The airplane entered a vertical dive and crashed.

Sources:
» VFW 614 flight tests (Flight Int. 17-4-1976)


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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