Damaged Airbus A320 to serve as counter-terrorism training platform for German Special Forces


Lubeck - The fuselage of a crashed Airbus A320 during landing at Tallinn Airport last year was transported to Calw, Germany on a truck. This spectacular heavy-haulage operation was spotlighted wherever it passed.

It is no surprise that transporting an aircraft fuselage from Tallinn, Estonia to Southern Germany is a challenging task. This highly delicate job took around eleven days.

A truck ferry brought the fuselage to Lubeck via the Baltic Sea. From there a heavy-haulage team transported the Airbus A320 fuselage to its final destination in Calw via Hamburg, Magdeburg, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart before heading for the northern part of the Black Forest. The operation was conducted during the night time only not to cause traffic congestion on the motorway.

Twice along the route, the convoy had to divert from the autobahn to bypass low bridges. But at one point, the driver had to perform the long combination of back and forth maneuvers to re-enter the motorway.

Finally, the heavy-haulage convoy had been able to bring the A320 fuselage to its new home - the training facilities of the German KSK Special Forces Command in Calw, where it will be used as part of counter-terrorism training for the protection or the rescue of airline passengers.

The fuselage was part of a SmartLynx Airbus A320 registered ES-SAN, which had a crash landing at Tallinn Airport during crew training last year in February.

SmartLynx A320 Crash Landing

Numerous touch-and-goes and two full stop landings were performed before the incident. During the final approach to runway 08, the aircraft stopped responding to flight controle commands and lost altitude. The engines touched the runway and the landing gear doors broke.

The pilots then managed to gain altitude and were able to stabilize the aircraft and turn back. But the aircraft was heavily damaged.