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Luftwaffe grounds Eurofighter after ejector seat glitch

The Local · 16 Sep 2010, 18:05

Published: 16 Sep 2010 18:05 GMT+02:00

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The spokesman said the sophisticated aircraft were grounded from Wednesday evening as a precautionary measure "because in certain circumstances the ejector seat does not operate faultlessly in case of emergency."

The problem had been detected during a check and was being taken up with the manufacturers, he added.

A lieutenant-colonel of the Saudi air force was killed during a training flight in August with a Spanish instructor when their Eurofighter Typhoon crashed for an unknown reason.

The instructor managed to eject and was only slightly hurt, the Spanish Defence Ministry said at the time.

Saudi Arabia, which took delivery last year of the first of the 72 Typhoons it plans to buy, has its pilots trained to fly the aircraft by the Spanish air force under a bilateral agreement with Madrid.

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The Typhoon, a multi-purpose twin-engine fighter jet introduced in 2003, is built by a consortium made up of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), Britain's BAE Systems and Alenia/Finmeccanica of Italy. It also serves with the British and Italian air forces.


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22:01 September 16, 2010 by Frenemy
...more shenanigans courtesy of the practical jokers (aka engineers) at Martin Baker!
23:44 September 16, 2010 by wxman
An effective jetison system isn't necessary - - unless, you know, you like need it.
00:40 September 17, 2010 by authun


It's so much more difficult, though, to summon the ingenuity in the 21st century to develop solutions based on technology developed a mere 50+ years ago...
01:34 September 17, 2010 by Prufrock2010
There's BAE rearing its ugly head again. One of the world's foremost proponents of competition through bribery, they illegally corner the Saudi market and can't even build a decent goddamned airplane.
17:23 September 17, 2010 by Henckel
@Frenemy: It reminds me of the Heinkel 177 Greif, Heinkel 162 Volksjaeger, Bachem 249 Natter, and F-104 Starfighter, all of which had serious "teething problems".
17:38 September 17, 2010 by rebelcowboy77
Messerschmit has already renewed the license for the Me-262A. This fighter has already gone through all it's teething problems and now is a reliable aircraft. It has new jet engines and a good working ejection seat. While it lacks some of the charateristics of a modern fighter, it is a beautiful airplane.
17:49 September 17, 2010 by xena03
Martin Baker Back Breaker!!
19:31 September 17, 2010 by auniquecorn
an ejector seat is like a parachute.

You don´t need a parachute to jump out of a plane.

But you do need a parachute if you want to jump out a second time.
15:28 September 18, 2010 by Icarusty
You don't need an ejector seat in the heat of war, just do a kamikaze run.
17:45 September 18, 2010 by Joshontour
Think about that next time you are booked to fly in an Airbus.
22:11 September 18, 2010 by Icarusty
??? A passenger plane (which has never had ejector seats) are not fighter jets.
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