Germany grounds half of its Tornado jets due to loose screws

A technical defect has forced Germany to ground nearly half of its fleet of Tornado aircraft, including six reconnaissance jets used in the US-led coalition purportedly targeting Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq.

In total, 39 of the country’s 85 Tornado aircraft have been banned from flying due to “loose screws on a monitor in the cockpit,” German news agency DPA quoted an unnamed spokesman for the Federal Defense Forces of Germany (Bundeswehr) as saying on Friday.

He went on to say that although the defect, which was found on Wednesday and made the ministry ground the affected jets on Thursday, was not complicated to fix, it was “not something one can fix on one’s own.” The official added that the aircraft, all ASST A3 versions, would not be allowed to fly until a solution was found by their manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space, and confirmed by experts at the ministry.

The Bundeswehr said in a statement on Thursday that it had grounded the affected aircraft “in order to avoid any risk to personnel or machinery.” Six of the warplanes, which have been deployed to the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, had been used for surveillance flights in the so-called US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq since January.

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Martina Terzieva
Martina Terzieva is a news writer for the Wings Journal. She likes to dig deep, find the most interesting things that happen and share them with the world. She's fond by aviation, finding it one of the greatest achievements of the human kind. Besides news, Martina writes poetry, she's also a musician and a sound engineer.

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