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Mali: maintenance error should be to blame for Tiger-crash

Within seconds, the helicopters in 2017, crashed in Mali two soldiers were killed. Now the cause seems to be understood: The Bundeswehr sees the fault in the "caring industry".

For the crash of a "Tiger"combat helicopter in Mali in the past year, a maintenance error was, according to an accident report from the German armed forces responsible. "The alone immediate and direct-acting cause of the aircraft accident, a faulty adjustment of the flight control of the helicopter by the industry," said a spokesman for the defense Ministry at the request of the German press Agency, citing the results of the investigation. "According to the report, the pilots had no Chance to avert the bad luck. They were very experienced and well-trained."

Two soldiers were killed

In the case of the accident at 26. July 2017, two soldiers were killed. The as secret classified classified accident report was presented on the evening the Leaders of the Bundestag's defense Committee. He might also be relevant to investigations by public prosecutors. The "caring industry" is the "Tiger" of the manufacturer Airbus. This makes the maintenance work.

The news Agency Reuters quoted a representative from defense circles with the words, a team of Mechanics from Airbus have made a mistake, as it had adjusted the flight control at the home base of army aviation in the Hessian town of Fritzlar after a repair.

The helicopter gunship was gone, the report-according to the information in the accident within three seconds in an uncontrolled steep dive and level flight, after the Autopilot had switched off. The ability of the pilots was limited by the sudden acceleration, the helicopter crashed from nearly 500 meters height.

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