The Hungarian Air Force JAS 39D Gripen fighter that crashed at Čáslav Airbase in the Czech Republic this week did not have any technical problems, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický told journalists and the national Czech broadcasting company on Friday 22 May 2015.
READ OUR ORIGINAL STORY ON THE CRASH HERE.
On Tuesday the two-seat Swedish made multirole fighter went off the end of the runway and ended in the field behind it with the entire cockpit section ripped from the plane, as well as the major part of the tail and many smaller items of the plane. But remarkably most of the wing section and body of the plane were largely intact. Fortunately, the crew ejected just before impact and are okay.
Czech Defence Minister Stropnický did not want to add more details to his Friday statement, apart from it is the preliminary finding by the joint Czech-Hungarian crash investigation board that is working at the scene.
In Sweden the staff and personnel of Gripen manufacturer Saab are reportedly clearly relieved with the news, as no Gripens have crashed yet because there was something wrong with the plane. Of the other five crashes, all with Swedish Air Force aircraft, only one was related to a technical issue, but with the G-suit of the pilot – not with the plane.
The Gripen D that crashed at Caslav did not take part in the Lion Effort 2015 international training exercise at the base, but was a day-visitor with possible senior Hungarian Air Force staff on board. According to eye-witnesses the plane had a way to high speed after it touched down. Why the JAS 39D or the pilot didn’t brake quickly enough, is not known at this time.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): A Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierő) SAAB JAS 39D Gripen. Image taken at Schleswig Airbase, Germany, during the 2014 NATO Tiger Meet. (Image © Marcel Burger)