Sep 17 2012

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L-39 Albatros from the Breitling Jet Team crashes in the Netherlands

Photo Max Pfandl (CC BY 2.0)

During the afternoon of Saturday the 15th of September, the crew of an L-39 of the Breitling Jet Team ejected from its aircraft after developing mechanical trouble. The team was overflying the Netherlands on its way to a meeting in Belgium.

The two-man crew, composed of the pilot and a mechanic in the rear seat, escaped unharmed while the aircraft crashed in a field.

Source: Blog de Piloter Mag

Updated: the accident took place on Saturday, not Sunday.

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  1. Phil

    Sad Story. Seems it was the Czech engine, it’s not the first L-39 crash caused by an L-39 engine with steel parts instead of Titanium. Some even speculate that the jet run out of fuel, which would be rather unprofessional: http://www.flyfighterjet.com/jetflights/breitling-jet-team-crash.html

  2. Tomas

    Phil, jumping to conclusions and blaming something to be the cause of the crash is unprofessional as well. Don’t throw dirt at something that has been working well for decades.

  3. chuckonechuck

    Which is why we have our NTSB inquiring and working at every accident.

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