Two Dead After AW609 Civilian Tilt-Rotor Crashes In Northern Italy

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Agusta Westland’s AW-609 tilt-rotor crashed in northern Italy
today, killing both pilots onboard. The crash occurred about 30 miles from the company’s airfield in Cascina Costa. The cause of the crash remains unknown at this time. The aircraft involved was the second AW-609 prototype built back in the early 2000s.

Read all about the AW609 promise and struggles in the story linked below:

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The AW609 has been in development for well over a decade. After Bell, the co-maker of the V-22 Osprey, for which AW609 is based, dropped out of the program, Agusta Westland has continued with it. The company was looking to finally achieve FAA certification in 2017.

More on this as we get it.

Photo via Agusta-Westland. Sources: Flightglobal, Vertcial Magazine

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Fixed wing or chopper. One or the other. Trying to be too many things to too many people will often result in tears before bedtime. Time to shelve this whole concept.