Tuesday, April 27, 2010

South Korean Navy Suspends its fleet of Lynx helicopters

The South Korean Navy has suspended its fleet of Lynx anti-submarine helicopters following the back-to-back crashes of two of them last week.The service ordered emergency safety inspections of the British helicopters, a Navy official said April 19. Investigators are looking into the cause of the crashes at the same time, he said.The Navy had operated 25 Lynx helicopters modified for anti-submarine and surface warfare.
The first batch of 12 Mk.99 Lynx helicopters was delivered to the service in 1990, and the second batch of 13 Mk.99A Super Lynx helicopters in 1999.The export variants for South Korea are powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem 42-1 engines, whose production was halted years ago. The Navy therefore has had difficulty supplying the Gem engines but managed to secure used engines from the Royal Navy, he said.Possible causes include an engine problem and pilot fatigue, said the


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