Hungarian Air Force SAAB JAS 39C Gripen with number 35 breaking over Kecskemét Airbase in 2010 (Image © Marcel Burger)

Hungary: another Saab Gripen incident

A Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen was involved in an incident at Kecskemét air base in Hungary, several Hungarian media reported on Wednesday morning. The pilot is reported as being ok, but there are reasons for worry: this is the second incident with a Hungarian Saab Gripen following the crash of a two-seater in the Czech Republic on 19 May.

According to the reports, a single-seat JAS 39C made an emergency landing at about 11:00 local time following gear trouble. The nose gear got stuck after take-off, forcing the pilot to burn fuel prior to an emergency landing. The pilot ejected and the aircraft ended up in the grass next to the runway. The aircraft appears to be repairable. A video of the landing is here at min 0:40.

The incident is a blow to the Hungarian Air Force, which only had 13 Gripens left after the crash in May.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A Hungarian Air Force Gripen. (Image © Marcel Burger)