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Sat, 16 Nov, 2013 02:16:51 AM
FIGHTER AIRCRAFTS CRASH
Ban on training by Hawk jet withdrawn
FTimes-STT Report, November 16
Hawk Jet fighter of Air Force. Photo Lehtikuva
Technical fault was not the reason behind Wednesday’s crash of two Air Force Hawk jet fighters, the probe team said on Friday.
 
“There was no technical problem with the ejector seat. Therefore, there is no need for suspending training by Hawk jets,” said Mikko Pekkala, head of the investigation team, adding that human error might have been the cause of the accident.
 
The team leader, however, said the investigation would take a little more time.The air force authority on Thursday decided to suspend all training by Hawk Jet fighter planes 
 
indefinitely following the crash of two Hawk jets the day before.An air force captain was killed and another sustained injuries when two Hawk jets collided during a training exercise in the Salamajärvi area in Perho Wednesday afternoon.
 
The deceased was a 30 years old training instructor with 800 hours of flying experience with Hornet, air force sources said.
 
The pilot of other fighter, however, managed to eject successfully while a third fighter managed to keep a distance with the collision and landed safely.
 
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