Accidents and incidents involving the JAS 39 Gripen

Accidents And Incidents Involving The JAS 39 Gripen

Accidents and incidents involving the JAS 39 Gripen

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The JAS 39 Gripen is a fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.

As of May 2010, five Gripens were destroyed in crashes, two of them before the delivery to the Swedish Air Force. These aircraft included one prototype, one production aircraft and three in service with the Swedish Air Force. In addition, one aircraft was lost in a ground accident during an engine test, for a total of six hull losses. No lives have yet been lost in accidents with the Gripen. Gripens have been involved in a few aviation incidents also.

Crashes during testing

February 1989

On 2 February 1989, the first prototype JAS 39-1 crashed on its sixth flight, when attempting to land in Linköping. The accident was filmed in a now famous recording by a crew from Sveriges Television's Aktuellt. The pilot, Lars Rådeström, remained in the tumbling aircraft, and escaped with a fractured elbow and some minor injuries. The crash was the result of pilot-induced oscillation (PIO). Extremely gusty winds were also a contributing factor. Lindqvist, Gunnar & Widfeldt, Bo, Rikets flygplanköp - JAS 39 Gripen, Nässjö, Sweden: Air Historic Research AB, 2003, ISBN 91-973892-5-0, pp. 164-168 .

August 1993

On 8 August 1993, a production JAS 39A Gripen (serial number 39-102) crashed on the central Stockholm island of Långholmen, near the Västerbron bridge, when the...
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