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Following Engine Fire, L-39 Jets Grounded

June 03 2011

Czech Republic

An engine failure has led to the grounding of the Czech army's L-39 Albatros light aircraft, reports the Czech Position.

The decision followed a probe that concluded that an engine fire was at fault for a failure that forced a pilot to eject in December 2010.

Five of the service's nine L-39s will be immediately removed from service, and the remainder will only be used for basic training after thorough engine overhauls, said the army.

The engine failure was caused by a...

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