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Wedged camera caused UK military plane to plummet - report

Published on Mar 21, 2014 1:27 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A British Airbus-made Voyager military aircraft carrying 198 people plummeted thousands of feet during a flight to Afghanistan last month because a camera became wedged against a control stick, an interim report said.

The report did not say how the camera came to be in the cockpit but said it was confident "human factors" and not technical error was the cause of the incident.

The preliminary conclusion removes blame from the Airbus-led AirTanker consortium, which is under contract to supply Britain with 14 of the converted A330-200 jets in a 14-billion-pound (S$29-billion) deal.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) said on Feb. 12 it had grounded its fleet of six Voyager aircraft after an "inflight issue"three days earlier which saw the Afghanistan-bound plane being diverted to Turkey. It lifted the suspension on Feb. 21.

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