Typhoon fighter jets grounded due to potential issue with ejection seats | UK News

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have been grounded on all but essential flights due to concerns over a potential safety issue with ejection seats.

A similar grounding order for Britain’s iconic fleet of Royal Arrow jets was lifted on Friday night after each of the planes were checked during the day and everything was clear.

A Red Arrows display at the end of the Farnborough Airshow had to be cancelled, but aerial displays in Scotland and Ireland over the weekend will now continue.

It’s unclear how long it will take engineers to check a part on the ejection seats of Britain’s largest fleet of Typhoon fighter jets before they too can take off.

The Royal Air Force took the very rare decision to ground the plane earlier on Friday after being informed of what it described as a “technical problem”.

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A Red Arrows display at the end of the Farnborough Airshow had to be canceled

All Typhoon training and exercises have been suspended until the green light is given, but pilots using fast jets for operations will continue to fly despite the risk.

This includes those tasked with the critical mission of protecting UK airspace from hostile threats and an operation from Romania to monitor the skies over Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression.

“If any bad guys came on the horizon, we would be ready to hunt them down,” the RAF source said.

In an update on the situation on Friday evening, an RAF spokesperson said: “After further detailed technical enquiries, we are pleased to report that the Red Arrows have been cleared to resume activity immediately.

“Non-essential flights for Typhoon remain suspended as a temporary safety measure. This will have no impact on our operational security as our patrol flight commitments to the UK and NATO are met.”

The Air Force previously released a statement on social media site Twitter to reveal the plane had been temporarily grounded.

“We have been made aware of a technical issue which may affect the safe operation of our ejection seats in Typhoon and Red Arrows aircraft,” the RAF said. “We have suspended non-essential flights as a temporary safety measure until the situation is better understood.”

The RAF has suffered several setbacks in recent days.

On Monday, the service had to halt flights to and from Brize Nortonthe largest military airbase in the UK because the runway “melted” in the hot weather, according to a military source.

A few days earlier, the same thing had happened on the flight line at another base – RAF Cranwell.

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