Royal Air Force Airbus A330

Airbus A330 RAF Jet Carrying 200 Passengers Nose-Dives When Camera Jams the Controls

Royal Air Force Airbus A330

Royal Air Force Airbus A330

Pilot’s Digital Camera Reportedly Got Jammed in the Joystick Sending Jet in to Terrifying Dive

Several Crew Aboard Injured

An RAF plane went into a terrifying dive when a camera got caught in the flight controls.

The aircraft – one of the new fleet of RAF Voyager transport jets – plunged 4,400ft in 27 seconds on February 9 in the skies over Turkey, injuring several of the 189 servicemen and women and nine crew on board who were thrown violently from their seats.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) suspended all flights of the plane – a militarised version of the Airbus A330-200 civilian jet – for 11 days while an investigation took place.

The jet was flying from RAF Brize Norton to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and was six hours into its journey, cruising on autopilot at 33,000ft when it began to lose altitude reported The Independent.

At the time the cause was a mystery. A serviceman, claiming to have been on the flight, wrote anonymously on an internet forum that he had been informed that the problem was caused by the plane’s autopilot.

Now, the culprit has been exposed as a digital SLR camera used to take photographs from the cockpit three minutes before the dive.


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