2016-08-01 Securite Civile CL-415 taxi incident at Ajaccio, Corsica

2016-08-01 Securite Civile CL-415 taxi incident at Ajaccio, Corsica

2016-08-01 Securite Civile CL-415 taxi incident at Ajaccio, Corsica


The Canadair CL-415 was damaged when its unercarriage failed during taxi disabling the entire airport for hours.

During line-up via taxiway „Foxtrott“ for take-off on runway 20 at Ajaccio Airport , Corse, the right maingear of the water dropping aircraft gave way.
The right wing dropped until its right float hit the ground and was damaged. Some fuel spilled from a ruptured fuel tank but airport fire service quickly arrived on the spot.
Both crewmembers remained unhurt. Further damage did not occur.


The aircraft was one of two that were sent out in the evening on a water dropping mission to combat forest fires in the northern part of Corsica Island.

Ajaccio Airport was forced to close for all traffic until the next morning when the CL-415 was finally removed. .

Jeju Airport re-opened for traffic one day earlier after a complete shutdown because of intense snowfall leaving about 90.000 people stranded.


Date: 2016-08-01 Time: 20:00
Location: LFKJ AJA Ajaccio Campo Dell’oro
Country: France
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: LFKJ/AJA: Ajaccio Campo Dell’oro To: LFKJ/AJA: Ajaccio Campo Dell’oro
Type: Non Revenue
Operator: Securite Civiler

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Canadair CL-415
Registration: F-ZBEU
Age a/c: 19,1 years
Constr. No.: 2024

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 2 0 0 2
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 6th safety occurence for the operator
  • 11th safety occurence of type (CL-415)
  • 2nd safety occurence at Ajaccio Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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