13.08.2014 By: Igor Bozinovski - FG
Croatia’s air force suffered a double blow while participating in national celebrations on 5 August – unusually with the same pilot involved in both incidents.
Lt Col Stanko Hrženjak made an emergency landing at Zadar-Zemunik air base after the left leg of his Mikoyan MiG-21’s main landing gear failed to extend at the end of a flight to mark the 19th anniversary of the last major battle in Croatia’s war for independence. He overcame the problem by hydraulically retracting and re-extending the landing gear.
Ex-Yemen air force fighter 135 – which had recently been introduced after being returned to flight status in Ukraine – was grounded for technical inspection following the incident.
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