19 September 2010

Safety Concerns Ground RAF Typhoons

The UK Ministry of Defence has halted all non-operational Typhoon flights in the wake of an accident that killed a Spanish airman.
Non operational flights from the fleet were ordered not to fly after a crewman, believed to be from the Spanish air force, died during a training flight.

Safety concerns are believed to surround the harness system on the jet's ejector seat.

There are more than 60 planes in the RAF's Typhoon fleet.

An MoD spokesman said: "The safety of our personnel is paramount.

"Investigations following an accident involving a Spanish Typhoon have highlighted a potential issue with the aircrew harness system.

"As a precaution, non-operational Typhoon flights have temporarily been suspended pending modification.

"Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert in the UK and Falkland Islands is not affected as those aircraft have already been modified."
By: Shelldrake

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