MS-21 undergoes ditching analysis

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Russian aerodynamics specialists have undertaken analysis of various ditching scenarios for the Irkut MS-21 twinjet.

The tests have involved launching a model with a catapult at various speeds and with differing pitch angles.

Russia's Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute says the characteristics of a forced landing on water cannot be reliably obtained without experimental data.

The model has been fitted with an embedded recording device, it says, to capture "splashdown" data.

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Tests have been carried out at the institute's branch at Dubna, north of Moscow.

"Data from the experiment will be used for further engineering work on the MS-21," it states. Another phase of testing will take place in July.