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« : 23 de mayo de 2006, 08:58:30 »
Greek F-16 and Turkish RF-4E collide - pilots unknown

May 23, 2006 (by GrRihno) - Two fighter jets, a Greek F-16 and a Turkish RF-4E Phantom recce plane, collided in mid-air Tuesday over the southern Aegean Sea. The fate of the three pilots (1 in the F-16 and 2 in the RF-4E) is unclear.

Just before 1pm local time on Tuesday, a Greek F-16 was scrambled to intercept a Turkish jet intruding in Greek airspace. After the intercept, both fighter jets were maneuvering around each other in a mock dogfight. During the course of this, both aircraft collided and crashed. The crash happened around 1 p.m. (6 a.m. ET) about 12 miles off the coast of the Greek island of Karpathos, inside Greek territorial waters.

The fate of the pilots is unclear at this stage. Rescue crews and a Super Puma SAR helicopter have been dispatched to the area.
Greece and Turkey regularly accuse each other of trespassing into each other’s airspace, and the subsequent intercepts regularly result in mock dogfights between warplanes over the Aegean Sea.

Greece's defense ministry claims it daily scrambles several fights to intercept Turkish aircraft that it says have invaded its airspace. Greece and turkey came close to war in 1996 but have considerably improved relations since then. However, the territorial disputes about the Aegean Sea and over the divided island of Cyprus remain unresolved.
 
Source: F-16.net
http://www.f-16.net/news_article1809.html

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« Respuesta #1 : 23 de mayo de 2006, 09:02:56 »
DATE: 10/05/06
SOURCE: Flight International

Dutch Boeing AH-64D Apache 'blown over' on Day Two of Afghan deployment

The Royal Netherlands Air Force’s latest detachment of six Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to Afghanistan got off to a bad start on 30 April, when one of its aircraft was damaged just one day after the unit conducted its first operational flight.

The Apache was blown over (pictured below) by a taxiing Ilyushin Il-76 transport while parked at Kandahar airfield, coming to rest on its starboard weapons pylon and main rotor. A replacement will be deployed while the damaged aircraft is assessed.

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« Respuesta #2 : 23 de mayo de 2006, 09:07:03 »
PAF mirage jet crashes
Friday May 19, 2006 (0023 PST)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force Mirage aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Somiani (Karachi) on Thursday. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely.
No loss of life or property has been reported on ground. The crash apparently occurred due to technical malfunction, says a statement issued by the PAF.

A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident.

Source: PakTribune
http://paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=144131

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« Respuesta #3 : 23 de mayo de 2006, 09:10:14 »
Fatal helicopter crash in Lebanon 
 
Four Lebanese soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in the east of the country.
The soldiers were on a routine training flight in the Bekaa Valley when the helicopter apparently hit a mountain top near the village of Niha.

According to the official Lebanese news agency, the crash was caused by technical failure. The weather in the area was clear.

Fire engines arrived at the scene to deal with the burning wreckage.

The Lebanese air force has 24 UH1 Helicopters and no jets.

Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4764987.stm

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« Respuesta #4 : 23 de mayo de 2006, 09:16:13 »
Lebanese Air Force UH-1H Crashed near Niha, four killed (12 May 2006)

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« Respuesta #5 : 23 de mayo de 2006, 13:15:37 »
May 23, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two Italian F-16s ditched into the sea yesterday near Sardinia, Italy, during the international exercise "Spring Flag 2006". The incident occurred during a night training mission.
 
The two F-16s were on their way to Decimomannu AB in Sardinia when the 'Spring Flag' control center at Elmas suddenly lost all communications with them. A search and rescue (SAR) operation was launched immediately and was coordinated from the Harbor Master's Office at Cagliari.

The crash-site was quickly located - the F-16s crashed into the sea about 5 miles from the Capo Ferrato in Sardinia. The pilots had managed to eject safely from their jets. After approximately one hour, a SAR helicopter extracted the two pilots from the water. Patrol vessels in the area took part in the search.

The F-16 jets belong to the 37 Stormo (Wing) and usually operate from Trapani-Birgi AB (Sicily), the main operating base for the Italian F-16 fleet.

The causes of the incident are still under investigation. The hypothesis of an in flight collision of the Italian jets is however most likely at the moment.

The two pilots, Pier Francisco Grassi (29) and Fabio De Luca (30) were taken to the Marine hospital of Cagliari. They are in good health and only suffer light contusions.

The F-16s have been acquired by the Italian air force under the Peace Caesar F-16 FMS program. In 2001 the Italian government signed a Letter of Agreement for a 5-year lease (with an option on another 5 years) of 34 F-16s and spares. The first jets arrived at their new Sicilian home base in June 2003.

The "Spring Flag 2006" exercise is held at the Decimomannu Air Force Base in Sicilia, Italy, which has an Advanced Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) range. The goal of the Spring Flag exercises is to prepare aircrews for international peacekeeping operations. The nine countries due to participate were Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

The Swedish delegation was strangely enough withdrawn by their government because of the Force’s involvement in the exercise.

Source: F-16.net

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« Respuesta #6 : 30 de mayo de 2006, 05:14:31 »
Malaysian Air Force PC-7 MKII crash landed, no injuries (11 May 2006)

RMAF grounds Pilatus

ALOR STAR: All 30 Pilatus PC-7 MKII aircraft belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have been grounded following a forced landing incident last week.

Air Force chief Jen Datuk Seri Nik Ismail Nik Mohamed said the aircraft were being grounded for at least two weeks as a precautionary measure.

He said a Pilatus PC-7 MKII had made a forced landing in the middle of a paddy field after its pilot experienced a “loss of power.”

Jen Nik Ismail, however, said the incident was an isolated case, otherwise the manufacturer would have recommended the necessary engine modification.

Pilots Lt-Kol Mutalib Abd Wahab and Mejar Tan Thian Kin escaped unhurt after the aircraft they were flying in made an emergency landing 15 minutes after take-off last Thursday.

“The pilot Lt-Kol Mutalib is very experienced and is the commanding officer of the Flight Instructor Training Institute,” Jen Nik Ismail said.

“He could not turn back to the airfield after experiencing loss of power. Luckily, there was a padi field nearby and he landed the aircraft there.”

Jen Nik Ismail said investigations were ongoing and fuel contamination had been ruled out.

He said the pilot avoided using ejector seats in order to avoid total damage to the plane. 

Only its propeller and front carriage were damaged.

On whether the incident would have an impact on the Government’s decision to buy 30 more Pilatus PC-7 MKII aircraft worth about RM203.4mil, Jen Nik Ismail said the contract had been signed.

“This is the most popular model used by the Thai, Australian, European and Myanmar air forces for basic training,” he said.

He added that the Pilatus PC-7 MK II would eventually replace the existing Pilatus PC-7 aircrafts.

He said the first incident involving Pilatus aircraft occurred in 2004.

“It was due to operational hazard,” he said, adding that in the incident, two aircraft collided in the air in Terengganu.

Jen Nik Ismail also said the Government was planning to replace the Macchi 339A fighter pilot trainer aircraft. 

Source: thestar.com

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« Respuesta #7 : 30 de mayo de 2006, 05:16:52 »
French military helicopter crashes in Ivory Coast
Reuters
Friday, May 26, 2006; 8:00 PM

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - A French military helicopter crashed in Ivory Coast on Friday, killing one of its crew and seriously injuring a second, the French army in the West African country said.

The Gazelle light helicopter was on a transportation mission from the main city Abidjan to Bouake, the rebel stronghold in the north of the country, when it crashed in an uninhabited area around Dimbokro, close to the capital Yamoussoukro.

"The helicopter was completely destroyed. There is one dead and one seriously injured. There were only two on board, the pilot and co-pilot," said Lieutenant Colonel Philippe Perret, spokesman for the French peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

The former French colony has been split in two since rebels seized its northern half after failing in an attempt to oust President Laurent Gbagbo in September 2002.

About 4,000 French peacekeepers along with 7,000 U.N. soldiers monitor a buffer zone keeping the two sides apart.

The accident brought the total number of deaths in the French peacekeeping force to 23 since 2002, Perret said.

Source: Reuters

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« Respuesta #8 : 30 de mayo de 2006, 05:20:17 »
May 26, 2006

F-22 canopy jam blamed on loose screws

By Michael Fabey
Special to the Times


Screws used to mount parts in the cockpit jammed the canopy of an F-22 Raptor on April 10, locking a pilot inside one of the stealthy fighter jet at Langley Air Force Base, Va., officials with the Air Force and F-22 prime contractor officials said May 26.

The Air Force plans no official investigation into the incident, in which the pilot sat for nearly five hours while rescue crews cut open the canopy with a rotary saw.

 
An unofficial investigation concluded mounting screws “backed out” and caused the jam, they said.

Contractor and service officials called the chances of another jam “remote,” but Lockheed says it will install a fix — longer screws — and the Air Force will inspect all Raptor canopies.

Neither the service nor the contractor could say how long it would to outfit all of the Raptors with the longer screws, nor how much it would cost.

They said the early estimates of the damage to the Raptor, about $182,000, was too high. It will likely cost closer to $83,000.

Source: Air Force Times
http://www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1827162.php

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« Respuesta #9 : 30 de mayo de 2006, 09:29:10 »
Fire destroys RAF C-130K transport

The UK Royal Air Force is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one of its Lockheed Martin C-130K transports shortly after landing in Lashkar Gar, southern Afghanistan on 24 May. All nine crew and 26 passengers aboard the aircraft escaped the blaze, which RAF sources believe could have been caused by a burst tyre.

Source: Flight International 30 May-5 June 2006, page 5.

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« Respuesta #10 : 30 de mayo de 2006, 11:36:23 »
Picture: US air base in Diego Garcia to return to operation after landing gear failure B-1 cleared by crane

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« Respuesta #11 : 01 de junio de 2006, 06:30:20 »
Mexican border General Atomics Predator B UAV crash blamed on operator error.

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Source: Flight International, 30 May 2006.

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« Respuesta #12 : 04 de junio de 2006, 08:25:32 »
May 31, 2006 22:09 PM     

A RMAF Hawk Jetfighter Goes Missing Over Johor Air SpaceKUANTAN, May 31 (Bernama) -- A Hawk 108 fighter jet from the Sixth Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) based here went missing Wednesday and is believed to have crashed in the waters off Mersing, Johor.

RMAF Public Relations Officer Capt Zulkiflee Abdul Latiff said communication between the aircraft and the control tower was disrupted at 4.37 pm.

"The jet was on a routine training flight," he said in a statement issued here Wednesday night.

He said the RMAF has deployed a search and rescue team.

According to police sources, the jet is believed to have crashed in the sea about two nautical miles to the north of Kuala Rompin, Pahang.

Source: BERNAMA
Link: http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=201093

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« Respuesta #13 : 04 de junio de 2006, 08:27:52 »
RMAF Hawk 108 crash update

Malaysian Defence Minister Najib Tun Razak has ruled out that the Hawks suffered from serious defects in view of recent crashes.

In the mean time, CN235 and B200 aircraft and Nuri helicopters have also been deployed to search for the pilot.

Air Force chief Jen Datuk Seri Nik Ismail Nik Mohamed said operations are being conducted over land as there is a possibility that the pilot’s parachute may have floated inland after ejection.

The pilot in the other Hawk had picked up a five-second signal ELT signal after the crash.

Source: Alert5
Link: http://www.alert5.com/2006/06/rmaf-hawk-108-crash-update.html

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« Respuesta #14 : 04 de junio de 2006, 08:33:25 »
Army identifies soldiers killed in crash

By RUSS BYNUM
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Army released the identities Saturday of four special operations soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed in a field in southwest Georgia.

The soldiers were identified as Sgt. Christopher M. Erberich, 25, of Oceanside, Calif.; Sgt. Michael D. Hall, 30, of Little Rock, Ark.; Sgt. Rhonald E. Meeks, 28, of Weatherford, Texas; and Chief Warrant Officer Michael L. Wright, 41, of Indiana.

The soldiers died in rural Colquitt County when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed and broke apart Thursday morning during a routine training flight.

The helicopter clipped a wire on a television transmission tower, officials said shortly after the accident. The Army is investigating.

A fifth crew member survived the crash with minimal injuries. The Army did not release his name.

The victims were members of the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an elite unit known as the Night Stalkers that uses MH-47 Chinooks to fly Special Forces commandos behind enemy lines under cover of night. The battalion is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

Wright, the pilot, had served in the Army since 1989 and had deployed four times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.

"He loved what he was doing; he knew the risks, and he was proud to be a soldier fighting so others wouldn't have to," Wright's wife, Judy Wright, and other family members said in a statement provided by the Army.

Erberich, a helicopter repairman and flight engineer, served seven combat deployments - six in Iraq and one in Afghanistan - in his five years with the Army.

Hall, an aircraft structural repairman, enlisted in the Army in 2000 and had deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

Meeks served three combat deployments to Afghanistan since enlisting in 2002. He had been a helicopter repairman and flight engineer.

The airfield planned a memorial service Tuesday.

The helicopter crashed about 170 miles west of the base.

Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Military_Helicopter_Crash.html

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« Respuesta #15 : 04 de junio de 2006, 08:39:44 »
One dead after helicopter crash

Times staff

One person is dead and two were taken to a hospital after a Navy training helicopter crashed this morning in the Florida Panhandle.

About 11:45 a.m., a TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter assigned to Training Squadron crashed in a heavily wooded area approximately five miles of west of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., while conducting routine flight training.

One member of the air crew was killed. Two others were transported by Life Flight helicopter to West Florida Hospital. Conditions of the victims were unavailable, according to Lt. j.g. Sean Robertson of Naval Air Training public affairs in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 
Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Sea Ranger normally carries one instructor and two students, Robertson said.

Source: Navy Times
Link: http://www.navytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1836645.php

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« Respuesta #16 : 04 de junio de 2006, 09:04:54 »
Military plane crashes in China

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« Respuesta #17 : 04 de junio de 2006, 11:03:32 »
Military plane crashes in China

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« Respuesta #18 : 05 de junio de 2006, 08:06:09 »
China's Hu orders probe into military crash

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« Respuesta #19 : 12 de junio de 2006, 05:25:56 »
The Sunday Times
June 11, 2006

China's hi-tech military disaster

Michael Sheridan, Far East Correspondent

Bid to copy Israeli electronics kills experts
 
A DULL boom shook the misty bamboo forests of Guangde county, 125 miles southwest of Shanghai, last Sunday, and a plume of smoke rose in the sky, causing Chinese villagers to look up in alarm from their tasks.
Within 24 hours China officially admitted that a “military aircraft” had crashed, that President Hu Jintao had ordered an investigation and that state honours would be bestowed on the victims.


 
Security teams sealed off the area, carting away the charred remains of 40 people and collecting wreckage with painstaking care. It looked like a routine military accident.

In fact the crash would reverberate all the way to Washington and Tel Aviv, revealing details of a covert Chinese espionage effort to copy Israeli technology in an attempt to match the United States in any future air and sea battle.

The first clues were given by two Chinese-controlled newspapers in Hong Kong, Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po. On Monday they printed articles disclosing that the plane was a Chinese version of the formidable Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft flown by the United States to manage air, sea and land battles.

They indicated that it was a Russian Ilyushin four-engined cargo jet, rebuilt to house a conspicuous array of radars and codenamed KJ-2000. The doomed flight, they implied, had been a test mission.

The disaster robbed China of 35 of its best electronic warfare technicians, according to sources in Hong Kong. There were also five crew members on board.

With memories fresh in Beijing of a Boeing 767 bought for the use of former president Jiang Zemin and found to be riddled with eavesdropping devices, there were bound to be suspicions of sabotage.

The Communist party showed how seriously it took the crash by entrusting the inquiry to Guo Boxiong, vice-chairman of the party’s central military commission, who handles sensitive security matters.

It was without question a calamity for the Chinese military. But for the Americans, who lost a spy plane forced down by a Chinese interceptor jet in 2000, it was not a cause for sincere mourning. The US Seventh Fleet is ranged off the Chinese coast, in constant contact with Chinese planes and submarines probing its readiness to defend the self-ruled democracy on Taiwan.

Both America and Taiwan spend undisclosed billions trying to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds China’s military build-up, which was criticised once again last week by Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary.

Spies from Taiwan are known to have scored remarkable successes. In one recent case reported by The Washington Post, they placed in their president’s hands the proceedings of a secret standing committee meeting on Taiwan policy within days of its taking place.

American intelligence, by contrast, concentrates on a war fought with science and stealth to preserve its technological advantage.

For as long as the Chinese have tried to buy, steal or copy high-grade military technology — at least since the early 1990s — the CIA and the White House have sought to frustrate them. China relies on foreign know-how. British propellers from the Dowty Company are fitted to its Y-8 early warning aircraft and radars made by Racal Electronics are installed on its naval surveillance planes.

But the crown jewels of electronic warfare are made in America, which means that China’s hunger for secrets can be exploited by its foes. Late in the cold war, the CIA supplied faulty computer items to the Soviets, which resulted in death and destruction. So suspicions of treachery in Beijing are bound to be reinforced by the tale of intrigue and deception that unfolded upon examination of what led to the fatal end of the KJ-2000.
 
“The PLA [People’s Liberation Army] air force and navy have long required airborne early warning aircraft,” stated a report by the US Congressional Research Service in November 2001. “Each is looking for 8-10 aircraft to supplement their own unsuccessful efforts.”
In 1999 the Chinese thought they had the perfect deal. A Russian Ilyushin-76 transport, serial number #762, was bought and flown to a military airfield in Israel, where it was fitted with the world’s most advanced AWACS system, the Phalcon, perfected by technicians at Israel Aircraft Industries. The cost: $250m (£135m).

Inevitably, the CIA heard of the deal and the issue went all the way to the White House, which exerted tremendous pressure on Israel.

On July 11, 2000, Ehud Barak, then the Israeli prime minister, broke off from peace talks at Camp David to tell President Bill Clinton that the sale had been cancelled. Barak confided that he had sent a personal letter of regret to Jiang Zemin.

But Chinese persistence ensured the matter did not end there. In 2002, according to aviation specialist websites, aircraft #762, stripped of the Phalcon system, was flown from Israel back to Russia and on to an airfield in east China that is home to the Nanjing Research Institute of Technology.

Moreover, the Chinese technicians had not wasted their time in Israel. “It’s not unreasonable to believe that the Israelis offered the Chinese industrial participation to seal this high dollar deal,” said a US Department of Defence analyst, quoted in a report for the US Army War College.

“The Phalcon system makes extensive use of commercial off-the-shelf products, which gives easy access to the basic building blocks of the system,” the unnamed analyst added.

In 2003 aviation specialists photographed two IL-76 Awacs prototypes, by then codenamed KJ-2000, on test flights over Nanjing. One was #762, the other was coded B-4040.

Late last year the local aviation authorities — which in China are controlled by the military — bought sophisticated Monopulse secondary surveillance radars from Telephonics Corp, a New York-based subsidiary of the Griffon Corporation, which supplies the US Awacs fleet.

The radars were due for delivery early in 2006. Their purpose was stated to be civil aviation, but critics in Congress say the Chinese buy such items for “dual use” in military systems.

According to specifications published by the Federation of American Scientists, such radars can be closely integrated with an AWACS plane to enhance targets. There is now speculation among military and aviation attachés in the region that the ill-fated KJ-2000 may have been testing a hitherto unproven technical capability of precisely this nature when it crashed.

That should provide more than enough questions for Vice-Chairman Guo and his bloodhounds from the military commission to get their teeth into.
 
Source: Sunday Times
Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2220162_1,00.html

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