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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cockpit checklist blamed for Nato training air disaster in Spain which killed 11

Two Greek pilots and nine French personnel were killed after the crash in JanuaryA carelessly positioned pilot’s checklist in the cabin of a fighter jet has been identified as the probable cause of the crash of a Greek F-16 in January during a Nato training exercise in southern Spain.

The two Greek pilots and nine French personnel on the ground were killed as the plane veered sharply right and slammed into a parking area for planes shortly after taking off in Albacete on January 26.

According to the investigation report, made public by the French defence ministry, the crash was due to incorrect settings of both the roll and yaw trims. Yaw trim, which controls the left-to-right movement of an aircraft was set to full right deflection, making it impossible for the pilot to compensate manually in such a short space of time.

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