Gripen Often Ends Up Off Course

A majority of the military manoeuvres that go wrong in Sweden are linked to pilots flying the Gripen fighter plane, the newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten reports. Now the chair of the the Swedish Accident Investigation Board wants answers from the Armed Forces on what they will do to improve the situation.

Out of 630 wrong manoeuvres in 2001-2009, 415 could be linked to the Gripen fighter plane or its pilots. It was for example pilots flying on the wrong level and pilots who did not keep the course. In one instance, in 2007, a pilot was flying 4800 meter off course, and ended up 1000 metres from an airplane with 18 passengers and two pilots.

According to the Accident Investigation Board the mistakes can be explained by the technical equipment as well as the pilots themselves. Per Danielson, head of flying in the armed forces, tells Östgöta Correspondenten that they have now implemented a new system, which will warn the pilot when he or she comes off course.

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