Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 4 March 1959
Time:ca 13:55
Type:Baade 152
Operator:VEB Flugzeugwerke Dresden
Registration: DM-ZYA
C/n / msn: V-1
First flight: 1958-12-04 (3 months)
Total airframe hrs:1.5
Cycles:1
Engines: 4 Tumansky RD-9B
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) NE of Dresden-Klotzsche Airport (DRS) (   Germany) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Dresden Airport (DRS/EDDC), Germany
Destination airport:Dresden Airport (DRS/EDDC), Germany
Narrative:
The Baade 152 was an East-German designed passenger plane. The prototype, registered DM-ZYA, was prepared for a second test flight on March 4, 1959. During this flight the landing gear was to be raised for the first time.
The flight departed at 12:55 from Dresden-Klotzsche Airport (DRS) and climbed to an altitude of 6000 m were flight tests were carried out. When descending back towards Dresden the flight crew were supposed to add power at 3000 m in order to arrest the descent and to test the airplane's response to power settings. However, the descent was continued without adding power. Instead, the crew requested permission for an unplanned low pass with gear and flaps up.
During the descent the airspeed dropped to a value close to stall speed. At an altitude of about 600 m the crew selected the undercarriage down and added power.
The engine spool up time, 8-10 seconds, was insufficient. The airplane stalled and struck the terrain at an angle of 70 degrees.


Although the crash was officialy attributed to "pilot error", it is thought that the fuel flow to the engines stopped while descending towards Klotzsche. This was a recurring problem that was detected on later test flights.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Mols, Jozef. Baade 152 : Oost-Duitse luchtvaartindustrie verviel al voor die van start ging In: Piloot en Vliegtuig. - Vol. 13, no. 5 (mei 2006) page 36-39
» DDR Flugzeugbau - Aufstieg und Fall (Flieger Revue, 1. Sonderausgabe 1991)


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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