F-16 Grounded After Shooting Itself

By WND. An Dutch F-16 fighter jet, obtained from the United States, had to make an emergency landing after it shot itself. . .

Details weren’t available on how the jet encountered the shells from its own 20mm rotary cannon, but officials in the Royal Netherlands Air Force said there was “considerable damage.”

One cartridge caused damage to the exterior of the jet, and parts also ended up in the engine.

The incident happened Jan. 21 when two jets were firing on a target in a training ground.

Officials said the situation was very serious. (Read more from “F-16 Grounded After Shooting Itself” HERE)

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Dutch F-16 Makes Emergency Landing After Plane Shoots Itself

By Military Times. The Royal Netherlands Air Force pilot was able to make an emergency landing at Leeuwarden Air Base after the plane suffered “considerable damage,” according to a report from Dutch state media.

At least one round ripped through the jet’s exterior, the report said, while munition fragments were also found in the aircraft’s engine. . .

“We therefore want to fully investigate what happened and how we would be able to avoid this in future.” . . .

Thomas W. Attridge Jr. became the first pilot to do so in September 1956 when, flying as a test pilot for Grumman, the 33-year-old former Navy officer shot down his own F11F-1 Tiger, similar to the variant used by the Blue Angels during the 1960s.

At an altitude of 20,000 feet, Attridge entered into a dive while firing the Tiger’s 20mm rotary cannon. (Read more from “Dutch F-16 Makes Emergency Landing After Plane Shoots Itself” HERE)

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