Norway’s first battery-powered plane ends up in a LAKE

Norway’s first battery-powered plane ends up in a LAKE after crash-landing while being flown by the boss of the firm hoping to revolutionise the aviation industry

  • The two-seater plane was piloted by Avinor Chief Executive Dag Falk-Peterson
  • Photographs showed the Alpha Electro G2 plane in a lake, near Arendal, Norway
  • The cause of the crash was not clear. The pilot and passenger were both unhurt 

Norway’s first battery-powered aircraft crash-landed on a lake while being flown by the boss of a firm hoping to revolutionise the industry.

The plane’s owner, airport operator Avinor, said last year it hoped to see commercial passenger flights on electric planes by 2025.

The two-seater plane was piloted by Avinor Chief Executive Dag Falk-Petersen, who had invited a string of high-profile passengers to showcase the opportunities of electrification. 

The Alpha Electro G2 plane, produced by Slovenia’s Pipistrel, nose-down and partly submerged at the end of a lake near Arendal in southern Norway, on Wednesday

Avinor Chief Executive Dag Falk-Petersen is seen at Arendal’s airport, after Norway’s first battery-powered aircraft piloted by him crash-landed on a lake

Photographs showed the Alpha Electro G2 plane, produced by Slovenia’s Pipistrel, nose-down and partly submerged at the end of a lake near Arendal in southern Norway, on Wednesday.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Police said the pilot and passenger both escaped unhurt.

‘I made a mayday call and looked for a place to land,’ Falk-Petersen told public broadcaster NRK.

‘This is not good for the work we do,’ he added.

His passenger during the crash, Aase Marthe Horrigmo, a junior government minister, was among Avinor’s guests on Wednesday, as was Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen, who flew earlier in the day.

The government has asked Avinor to develop a program for electrification of all domestic aviation by 2040.

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