At 13:00 about today, at l’the military airport of Trapani- Birgi, a prototype remote control aircraft P. 1HH of Piaggio Aerospace came out off the runway while taxiing tests for evaluation of the characteristics of ground handling. In a statement the’ Aeronautica Militare explains that the aircraft has finished his run on the lawn surrounding the runway, without bringing any significant damage and without causing damages to things or people on the ground.
The Sicilian airport runway was temporarily closed in light of the safety regulations in force and civil air traffic was diverted on’Palermo airport.
The Italian Air Force Piaggio Aerospace and are actively working to remove the medium and reopen the track as soon as possible, in order to restore normal military and civil air traffic based on.
” The event happened during an authorized and planned activities, under the planned development and testing of the system by the Piaggio, the air force is providing technical and logistical support to airport level.” Explains a note of armed force. “The aircraft p. 1HH "HammerHead” is an aircraft capable of automatic take-off and landing (ATOL Automatic Take Off and Landing) that position at the high end of the remote piloting aircraft BADLY (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). The system is developed by Piaggio Aerospace and is the result of an intergovernmental programme validated by agreements between Italy and United Arab Emirates (the majority owners of Piaggio).”
Source: The Flight