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An F-16A fighter jet was destroyed and another F-16A received minor damage after a technician accidentally opened fire from third plane during ground maintenance in Belgium’s Florennes Air Base.

Two people suffered minor injuries and were treated on site. They mostly sustained hearing injuries due to the explosion’s shock wave.

The destroyed fighter jet was on the ground near a hangar when it was accidentally fired upon by another F-16A which was undergoing routine ground maintenance. 

 

 

 

 

Civilian firefighters were deployed to the scene as well as an ambulance.

The Belgian The Aviation Safety Directorate (ASD) is currently investigating the exact cause.

The Florennes Air base houses the 2nd Tactical Wing which comprises the 1st ‘Stingers’ Squadron and the 350th ‘Ambiorix’ Squadron. It contained about 20 F-16s.

 

 

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    airforceone · 09:27 10/24/2018
    Well, F-16 parts are hard to find,.
    They will be pulling these babies apart and stocking the shelves... NDI shops will be busy for months....
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    begian blau · 04:29 10/23/2018
    Probably some moroccan getting paid well, but want to help Alan's Snack-a-bar.
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    Mama Bear · 14:44 10/15/2018
    Is that John McStain back in the cockpit?
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    Sidney Levin · 23:09 10/14/2018
    The destroyed F-16 belonged to Belgium. Look at the national markings on the vertical stabilizer. I do not know which country's aircraft fired the cannon during maintenance.

    John McCain was a troublemaking NEOCON but he did not cause the Forrestal fire. That was caused by a 5 inch Zuni rocket fired from a pod mounted on an F-4 on the starboard side of the aft flight deck. The rocket hit the drop tank on either McCain's A-4 or the A-4 next to it causing a fire that killed many, destroyed much of the airwing's aircraft, and made the ship incapable of carrying out flight operations.

    No need to defame McCain's name with fake stories from his Navy days, but you can properly berate his memory for his behavior as a Senator.
    See the wiki:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_USS_Forrestal_fire#Aircraft_struck
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    old iron · 15:45 10/14/2018
    Craft w/live rounds are suppose to be staged away from other aircraft and pointed towards a berm to absorb any incidents. There are procedures to follow so this shit doesn't happen.
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    Friendly Fire · 11:32 10/14/2018
    Who needs 'enemies' when there is so much 'friendly fire' underway. Can anyone say, "SUBVERSION"?

    Congress AND the military need to be purged of those who have loyalties to Israel or Islam.
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    Grim · 11:00 10/14/2018
    I find it highly suspicious, that so many US fighter planes are being damaged and destroyed lately. Suddenly, we have people in vehicles running into planes, while others are left to be destroyed by a hurricane and now planes being accidentally destroyed by ground crew. Oh, and let's not forget, the F-35 that recently crashed due to some sort of mechanical issue, which has now grounded the entire fleet. It's almost like someone is planning something and wants to eliminate as many operational US fighter aircraft as possible.
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    Anonmyous · 10:57 10/14/2018
    Someone alternated and beefed up Michael Hurricane's public data to provide cover for over 20 F-22 stealth fighters leaving Tyndall Air Force Base (fairly close to Mexico Beach, Florida) to go to Israel. They were sent to deal with Syria's S-300 defense.

    Source: jimstone.is

    Good and relevant article, "Hurricane Michael left Tyndall Air Force Base 'devastated,' most fighter jets spared thanks to evacuation plan":

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/hurricane-michael-left-tyndall-air-force-base-devastated-fighter-jets-spared-thanks-to-evacuation-plan

    Hurricane Michael was probably Category 1. Maybe the weather modification and data beefing-up were implemented to help Israel?
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    km · 10:36 10/14/2018
    If the tech had gotten one more he would have been an ace. Sounds like he did a John McCain.
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      The McCain Way · 13:01 10/14/2018
      Yes, and they'll talk of his courage and valor at going rogue. Hey, it's the McCain way, right?
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