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Russians return defective helicopters to Croats, all 10 Mi-171Sh grounded

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Zagreb, 11. . 2020, 15: | Updated 7 minutes ago

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Commander of the Croatian Air Force, General Michael Krizanec, has issued an emergency order for the grounding of all ten Mi – helicopters) Sh . This is due to regular breakdowns or defects found during the overhaul. One of the major mistakes is the improperly connected oil cooler hoses for engine cooling.

As a result of the aforementioned error, pilots were constantly receiving incorrect oil temperature data, which could even start the engine and thus cause a life threat to the crew. President and commander of the Armed Forces Kolinda Grabar Kitarović was also informed of the grounding of the helicopters. . Her office said that she had requested a detailed report from the General Staff on all the circumstances.

Helicopter Mi – 171 Sh PHOTO: Wikipedia

Errors on helicopters occurred on the return of serviced helicopters from Russia. One of the helicopters serviced does not fly at all. »I think it's gone 20 days when we had to correct irregularities in the hydraulic system, “said the CEO of the Flight Center Ivica Grebenar . At the time, Michael Krizanec assured the media that it was a routine overhaul after 50 flight hours.

“Errors were detected in a timely manner, the issues were resolved and a complaint process was initiated,” days ago, the Crossman provided, adding that it was practically impossible to overlook such a mistake. Four helicopters where the oil was leaking were discovered to be defective, so Russian experts are expected in Croatia. “We should come this week, but for some reasons we delayed their arrival, “ explained Križanec He added that the Croatian Air Force had sufficient operational helicopters to perform its tasks.

According to Križanec, the cost of the repair will be borne by Russia, where he said he had already acknowledged the defect in the overhaul phase and provided cover for the costs. .

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