UPDATED: Eurofighters remain grounded

A grounding order of all operational Eurofighter Typhoons with all operators is still in place.

Gary Parsons - 20-Sep-2010


Although the RAF’s No.6 Squadron has just arrived at RAF Leuchars in Fife, its Typhoons are temporarily grounded. Image Bob Franklin

September 20: A grounding order of all operational Eurofighter Typhoons with all operators is still in place following the crash of a Spanish Air Force example last month.

On August 24 a Eurofighter EF2000T crashed at Morón Air Base near Seville, killing a Saudi pilot. It is suspected that the ejector seat may have malfunctioned in the crash, leading to fatal injuries to the trainee pilot.

As a result all Mk16A ejector seats are being inspected on all aircraft, which remain grounded except for emergency Quick Reaction Alert duties. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said "As a precaution, non-operational Typhoon flights have temporarily been suspended pending modification."

The grounding led to Royal Air Force Tornado fighters from RAF Marham in Norfolk replacing the planned Typhoons from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire for the Battle of Britain flypast over Westminster in London yesterday.

September 21: The RAF says that "sufficient modifications have been undertaken to allow a resumption of
routine flying" from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and the Austrian Air Force has also cleared its fleet of 15 Typhoons to recommence operations.

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