Tue, Sep 05, 2006
Reports Of Fire Came After Inflight Refueling Operation
We're getting more
information about the downing of a Royal Air Force Nimrod MR-2
in Southern Afghanistan on Saturday.
As Aero-News reported, 14 RAF
airmen and soldiers were killed in the crash... and witnesses say
they saw what looked like a fire in the rear of the plane as it was
The British Ministry of Defense reports it's making fast
progress in the investigation of the accident... and have cleared
other Nimrods to continue their missions.
One MoD official who spoke on the condition he remain anonymous
told the Scotsman newspaper the crash was the result of an
accident, possibly related to an aerial refueling operation that
took place just before the Nimrod's crew sent out a Mayday
Other sources tell the paper that whatever brought the Nimrod
down was unique to the aircraft -- and not an inherent fault with
A British military spokesman says the Nimrod was monitoring a
stream of civilians who were fleeing combat in the Kandahar
province... making sure no friendly aircraft strafed them. The crew
reportedly issued a distress call and struggled with the dying
aircraft for several minutes before it went down.
One thing appears certain -- the Nimrod was not brought down by
Taliban insurgents, who had claimed Saturday they felled the
advanced reconnaisance plane with a "stringer" (sic) missile.
A full MoD investigation will probably take several months.
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