Mirage 2000-9 crashes in test flight
04 Apr 2005
On 4 April, a Mirage 2000-9 crashed after take-off from Istres AB in southern France during a test flight before its delivery to Adu Dhabi. The two pilots ejected safely and remained unhurt. An engine failure during take-off seems to be the cause. The aircraft crashed over a deserted part of the airbase.
Adu Dhabi is part of the UAE, which ordered 30 new-built Mirage 2000-9s in late 1997. Deliveries started in 2003. The UAE is also upgrading 33 existing Mirage 2000 variants to the 2000-9 standard, which is a modification of the 2000-5 adding more air-to-ground capabilities.