Automated Antiaircraft Cannon Malfunctions, Kills 9, Wounds 14

Event Year: 2007 Reliability: Confirmed
Country: South Africa
Industry Type: Other

A software glitch is being blamed for an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed 9 soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise. The cause of the malfunction is not known.  The South African National Defense Force is investigating whether a software glitch was the cause.  The anti-aircraft weapon, an Oerlikon GDF-005, which is computerized opened fire uncontrollably.


Computerized weapon fired uncontrollably during a shooting exercise killing 9 specators and injuring 14 others.  A computer glitch is being blamed for the malfunction, though the possibility of mechanical failure has not been ruled out.