Above: photo of the incident scene, from the report.
(Originally published at 6:55 p.m. MST November 22, 2017)
The French government has released a report about an incident that occurred August 1, 2016 at Ajaccio. As best we can tell from the document, which is in French of course, is that a CL-415 experienced a mechanical failure in the right side landing gear while taxiing and turning left onto a runway before takeoff on a fire mission. When one of the components broke, the gear partially collapsed, causing the aircraft to tip to the right, coming to rest on the float under the wing tip.
Thankfully the crew was not injured.
The report appears to indicate that the problem was related to a maintenance issue due to a translation error in a technical document.
1er août 2016, Ajaccio : accident au roulage du Canadair CL415
«Affaissement du train d’atterrissage droit au roulage, par rupture d’un de ses composants suite à une erreur de maintenance générée par une faute de traduction dans une documentation technique». pic.twitter.com/XmZASZ9UBz
— Loïc Lz (@DefensAero) November 21, 2017
In the photo above, some of the foam and liquid is probably from a fire engine that can be seen in the photo at the top of this article.