Mirage probe puts spotlight on Dassault's flight computer's behaviour

Court of Inquiry reveals incidents of erratic behaviour by French fighter

Mirage 2000-I fighter crash
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Smoke and fire billow after a Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft crashed in Bengaluru on February 1 | Reuters (file photo)

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
On February 1, two experienced Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots died when their newly upgraded Mirage 2000-I fighter crashed while taking-off in Bengaluru. A Court of Inquiry (CoI) investigating the accident is now confronting the worrying possibility of a glitch in the Mirage 2000’s flight computer that kicks in without warning, causing the aircraft to behave unpredictably.

 IAF flight records examined by the CoI have revealed at least four such incidents in the past. In each of these, a flying Mirage 2000 has, suddenly and without command from the pilot, jerked its nose towards the ground. Then, as spontaneously, the nose

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 12:30 AM IST

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