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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nimrod and teapot!

RAF Crew Uses Teapot To Plug Gap In Nimrod Hatch
British military officials are especially sensitive to potential safety issues, in the wake of the September loss of a Royal Air Force Nimrod reconnaissance plane in Afghanistan... so many are concerned with the inelegant, but effective, fix another Nimrod crew recently used to block a hatch gap on their plane.

The BBC reports the plane's crew used a teapot to plug a hole caused by a malfunctioning hatch cover on a flight from Cornwall to Kinloss.

"There was a minor malfunction with the hatch cover and the teapot would have been used to make it more comfortable for the crew," an RAF spokeswoman said. "At no time was air crew safety compromised."

But the Ministry of Defense -- along with families of the 12 RAF personnel, a Royal Marine, and soldier who died in the September crash -- says the incident raises questions about the Nimrod's safety record... and techniques used to fix problems that may crop up in flight.
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