Israel grounds T-6 fleet after training mishap

Tel Aviv
Source: Flightglobal.com
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Israel has temporarily grounded its fleet of Hawker Beechcraft T-6 'Efroni' basic trainers, after a female cadet ejected from an aircraft at its air force flight academy, suffering minor injuries.

The incident happened on 15 July, during the student's first solo flight. She reported that something felt wrong with the aircraft and was unable to control it before ejecting.

The trainer was damaged, but not heavily, and the air force says it will be repaired. It grounded its remaining examples until the cause of the mishap has been established.

 
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Acquired as a replacement for the Fouga Magister 'Zukit', the T-6A entered Israeli service last year (first delivery pictured). Israel has ordered 20 of the aircraft.