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Derk

BAF F 16 down...

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Suffered birdstrike yesterday during touch & goes at Kleine Brogel AB. Pilot (traning in the F16 OCU)ejected safely, though he had to be rescued out of a tree by the fire brigade, Plane crashed into a field about 4km from the base. No further victims

 

Always a a dramatic occurrence.... saw it happening right in front of me during take off for the Airpower demo at KLu Open Days 2007 at Volkel. In this case some engine power remained after a restart and after dropping underwing fuel tanks thepilot could make an emergency landing.

Demo was cancelled, little birdie vs. 16 F16's : 1-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look carefully at 32 -33 seconds in te slow motion part of the second vid you see the bird being ingested....

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lucky no one got hurt... always a good outcome when the pilot walks away from the crash

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good to here the pilot's okay, their harder to replace than the aircraft........

You're sure right about that although the BAF (and for that matter KLu) F 16's are getting quite rare.........

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That was some outstanding airmanship to get the jet back on the ground. Respect due to the pilot.

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