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
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 .
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... Read More