Fighter training planes grounded
October 13, 2010 - 5:39PM
Fighter training planes at two RAAF air bases have been grounded after a technical fault caused a Hawk aircraft to shut down while it was taxiing for take-off in Western Australia.
The incident occurred on Monday, causing the aircraft to shut down at RAAF Base Pearce, on Perth's outskirts.
Defence said Hawks were used as fighter trainers at Pearce and RAAF Base Williamtown in NSW.
"As a safety precaution Hawk flying at both (bases) ... is on hold pending further investigation," Defence said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Safety is always our highest priority."
There are 33 Hawks in the Australian Defence Force, procured under the 1995-96 budget.
The two-seater aircraft are used for initial fighter training to prepare aircrew for flying F18 Hornets or F-111 strike aircraft.
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