Yesterday it was announced by the Qatar military that two of it’s training aircraft had collided but they didn’t supply the when or what of what collided.
In a statement released on twitter, the defence ministry stated, “During a training flight a collision between two training planes and the pilots were able to safely get out by using the ejection seat[s].”
Given the information supplied to us, it is possible to make a reasonable deduction that the collision involved Pilatus PC-21, the only training aircraft fitted with ejection seats currently in service. Whilst the air arm operates Mirage 2000s, we are classifying these as operational conversion rather than training and the also operate Alpha Jets, which, whilst a trainer is utilized as a light attack aircraft by the Qatar Air Force.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception