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There's some bug making its way around Europe that is causing unrelated fighter aircraft miscues.A few days after it has come to light that the Swedish air force briefly halted Gripen operations and now is flying with minor restrictions, now an Austrian newspaper discloses that the country's air force has had a mishap with one of its Eurofighter Typhoons.According to the report, the Eurofighter was coming in to land, when the landing gear wouldn't deploy. The pilot prepared for an emergency landing, including use of the arresting hook. Just before touch down, the landing gear did deploy. But on landing, the arresting hook hit the runway and then ricocheted and struck the fuselage. The result, about 15,000 euros in damage.The Austrians kept the incident quiet, triggering accusations of a cover up. But the defense ministry argues no public statement made since nobody was injured in the incident. The development come as the Austrian defense ministry is already fighting accusations it is suffering deep problems. The level of attacks drove chief of staff Edmund Entacher to issue a statement this week rebutting many of the accusations, including that the Eurofighters aren't operational and that 80% of tanks aren't operationally available. Both those accusations are wrong, he insists.
ar99, Eurofighter, Austria
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