Hungary may ground its Jas-39 Gripen fleet after second crash-landing

11 June 2015 (Last Updated June 11th, 2015 18:30)

Hungary is reportedly planning to ground its entire fleet of Jas-39 Gripen fighter jets after a Saab-built aircraft crash landed near the town of Kecskemet, in central Hungary.

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Hungary is reportedly planning to ground its entire fleet of Jas-39 Gripen fighter jets after a Saab-built aircraft crash landed near the town of Kecskemet, in central Hungary.

This is the second time that a Hungarian Army Gripen has crash-landed within a month.

According to Hungarian Joint Chiefs of Staff deputy chairman General Zoltan Orosz, the latest accident occurred during a training mission due to a failure on the plane's wheels.

The pilot was forced to eject himself from the aircraft and is now hospitalised with no reported injuries.

The Hungarian Defence Ministry has already launched an investigation into the first crash-landing incident, which occurred on 19 May. The jet crashed during a military exercise at Caslav army base in eastern Czech Republic.

However, the Hungarian defence ministry has stated that these two incidents were not related.

"The equipment has been operating for many years around the world and is a very proven and stable platform."

A Saab spokesman said: "We never speculate on the reasons before a very careful analysis.

"We have very rigorous security systems in place. The equipment has been operating for many years around the world and is a very proven and stable platform."

The Gripen fighter jet is a new generation of multi-role fighter aircraft, featuring better operational performance, high-tech solutions, and cost-efficiency, and smart fighter system.

The aircraft, equipped with a modern range of weapons, is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface, and reconnaissance missions.


Image: A Saab-built JAS-39C Gripen fighter jet. Photo: courtesy of Oleg V. Belyakov - AirTeamImages.