Feb 14, 2014

United Kingdom grounds Voyager military fleet after in-flight incident

United Kingdom has grounded its fleet of Airbus Voyager military aircraft after one of the large tanker planes plummeted several thousand feet during a flight to Afghanistan.
The Voyager, the largest aircraft in the RAF fleet, is a converted Airbus A330-200 which can refuel fighters or carry troops or medical evacuees in a normal cabin and can carry 291 troops.
One of them suffered an "in-flight issue" on February 9 and as a precaution it was diverted to an airfield in Turkey. A few passengers received minor injuries in the incident.
The plane, which was travelling at 38,000 feet, plummeted between 3,000 and 5,000 feet. AirTanker consortium could possibly be called on to reimburse the RAF for the flying hours lost, depending on the nature of the fault.

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