Article damage during testing/Test procedure deviation

During an approved test procedure, an additional effort was undertaken in the hopes of saving time, and expediting a modification. This modification was not approved as part of the test configuration. Not fully understanding the sequence of the test routine, the wing and rudder came into contact resulting in minor to moderate damage to both. Though an engineering solution prevented the need to replace the rudder, the schedule impact was not trivial while determining the extent of the damage and adequacy of the solution.

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