[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Rafale: The accident is the result of a gauge problem - the aircraft ran out of fuel
Secret-Defense , Nov 30[/FONT][/CENTER]
Reportedly, the accident of Rafale, Sunday in the Indian Ocean, is the result of a fuel gauge problem. System failure or misunderstanding about information? The ongoing investigation will determine this and it is too early to tell. Especially it is possible that both hypotheses are partly complementary.
The problem came about 40 minutes after the catapulting of a joint patrol of a Rafale and Super Etendard, which was en route from Charles de Gaulle to Afghanistan. The Rafale had just refuel on a "nou nou", another combat aircraft used as in-flight refueling.
Without knowing yet the exact causes of the problem, the fuel tanks were emptied faster than they should be and, ultimately, the aircraft - which was returning to the aircraft carrier - found itself out of fuel.
The pilot ejected and was immediately recovered. This officer is an experienced pilot who had participated in previous mission Agapanthe in 2007.
Aboard the aircraft carrier, the planes have not flown this Monday, a "No Fly Day" scheduled in advance. Today, no Rafale flights seem to have been scheduled, but this should resume very quickly.The park is not grounded, which seems to confirm that in the eyes of the Navy, the aircraft is exonerated or that the problem is clearly identified.