Excellent airmanship skills prevented a big crash at the German airport of Berlin-Schönefeld. A Luftwaffe Global 5000 (14+01, msn 9395) had undergone heavy maintenance (30 month inspection) there and had taken off for an FCF (Functional Check Flight) to Cologne-Bonn, where the Global is based with FBS BMVg (Flugbereitshaft des Bundesministerium der Verteidigung). Shortly after departure the crew noticed something was not right with the aircraft. They had climbed to 21,000ft when all of a sudden the Bombardier tilted to the right. The bank angle exceedance was enough for the pilots to declare an emergency and to return to Berlin Schönefeld. During the return the problems did not go away and actually got worse, banking left and right several times. The aircraft (and crew!) having severe issues with uncontrolled roll movements while attempting to land at SXF's runway 07L. Upon landing both wing tips hit the runway. Due to this the airport was closed for three hours, forcing many airlines to divert or cancel flights.
The crew had landed the government corporate jet "under most difficult conditions" and averted disaster, as German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen reported.
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