German army Tiger helicopters grounded post-crash

The German military's Tiger attack helicopters have been informally grounded, officials said Tuesday, a day after one of the aircraft crashed during a training exercise.

Conservative lawmaker Bernd Siebert, a member of parliament's defence committee, was quoted by the local DPA news agency as saying that "naturally all helicopters of this type remain on the ground" until the cause of the accident is known.

Sources close to the defence ministry said no Tigers were scheduled to fly Tuesday but that no official decision had been made to formally ground them.

The Tiger, manufactured by Eurocopter, a 100-percent subsidiary of European aeronautics and defence group EADS, is used by the German military in Afghanistan.

It has also been deployed by French forces in Mali.

A Tiger helicopter crashed and burst into flames near Ettal in the Bavarian Alps on Monday, the defence ministry said.

Its two crew members managed to get out of the helicopter and were slightly injured, it said, adding that an inquiry was underway.

© 2013 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Mar 5, 2013