Swedish JAS 39 Gripen crashes after bird strike
A Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet from the Swedish Air Force crashed on August 21, 2018, near Ronneby, in the south of Sweden, after hitting a bird. The pilot ejected safely.
The Swedish Armed Forces reports that the fighter hit a bird mid flight. The JAS 39 Gripen is a light multirole fighter developed by Swedish manufacturer Saab. With only a single engine, a bird collision is a particularly critical incident for the aircraft. The pilot successfully ejected and was then recovered by an emergency helicopter. He was transported to a hospital. The plane crashed about eight kilometers (5 miles) north of Ronneby in a forest, causing no material damage.
However, the crash site is in a very rough terrain making it difficult for the firefighters to access it, according to Swedish media Expressen. The burning wreckage combined with dry land could potentially lead to yet another forest fire in Sweden, already ravaged by wildfires since the beginning of the season.
On July 25, 2018, the Swedish Armed Forces used a JAS 39 Gripen to extinguish a fire with a rather unconventional method: by dropping a 200 kilograms GBU-12 Laser Guided Bomb. The explosion burnt the oxygen and thus instantly smothered the fire.
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