RAAF Grounds Hawk Fighter Training Aircraft

17 October 2010 (Last Updated October 17th, 2010 18:30)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has grounded Hawk fighter training planes at two RAAF air bases following a shutdown of one such aircraft during taxiing for take-off in Western Australia. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Hawk aircraft would be grounded until investigators de

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has grounded Hawk fighter training planes at two RAAF air bases following a shutdown of one such aircraft during taxiing for take-off in Western Australia.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Hawk aircraft would be grounded until investigators determine the exact cause of the malfunction.

A preliminary investigation revealed that fuel contamination was not the cause of the incident.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) acquired 33 Hawks under the 1995-96 budget, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The two-seater aircraft are used for initial fighter training to prepare aircrew for flying F18 Hornets and F-111 strike aircraft.