TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - After an emergency landing by a German government jet earlier this week, which nearly crashed at Berlin’s Schoenefeld Airport on Tuesday, the country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen began investigating whether there are systemic problems with the maintenance of the government’s aircraft fleet, managed by a subsidiary of Lufthansa, the German outlet Der Spiegel reports.
The day after the accident, General Aviation Security was tasked with a probe into the matter, as well as several other incidents that have taken place in the past few months.
The chief aviation investigator of the German Armed Forces is reportedly tasked with finding out whether outsourced maintenance has been insufficiently diligently carried out.
The near crash of the plane on 16 April occurred directly after maintenance conducted by Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services.
Among other things, there is reportedly a suspicion that the problems of the "Global 5000" government jet were caused by flaws in the spoiler wiring on its wings.
While the pilots were in the air, the plane assumed a dangerous angle, even coming to a stall, Der Spiegel notes.
During the emergency landing, the jet reportedly missed the runway, skidded across the lawn and was massively damaged.