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Fri, 07 Feb, 2014 12:06:06 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 7
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The Air Force wants to replace the Hawk Fighter jets that were involved in a training accident in Perho, reported Finnish language newspaper Keskisuomalainen.
The destroyed fighter jets will be replaced by previously decommissioned Hawk Fighter jets that are in good condition and have still flying hours left.
The modernisation of the shelved jets is estimated to cost millions of euros.
According to the newspaper, investigators returned the detached black box from the plane that was destroyed in the accident and its pilot killed.
Investigators claimed that the data inside the black box could not be fully interpreted, although the aluminium box was easily detected by the search services.
An air force captain was killed and another sustained injuries when two Hawk jets collided during a training exercise in the Salamajärvi are in Perho on November 13. 
Following the accident, the Air Force authority on November 14 decided to suspend all kinds of training by Hawk fighter planes for an indefinite period.
However, the bar on training was later lifted as investigations found out that the accident was not a result of any fault with the aircrafts.
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