The hard landing was the result of a Fly By Wire problem. During the taxi to the takeoff position, the flight control system switched from simple
ground mode, to augmented flight mode before takeoff. The crew lifted to a hover, but couldn't stabilize, and set down, resulting in a hard landing.
The pilots shut down the engine and electronics and egressed. The airframe suffered significant damage, but the airframe systems designed to help
protect the crew in the event of an accident worked and the crew suffered minor injuries. The failure has been reproduced in the simulator.
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