Mechanic destroys F-16 fighter jet by accident in Belgium - TomoNews
Belgian air force mechanic accidentally opens fire, destroys F-16 jet
- A Belgian air force mechanic servicing a warplane accidentally opened fire and destroyed another F-16 jet fighter on Thursday.
- An investigation has been opened into the incident to find out whether there was any wrongdoing.
A Belgian air force mechanic servicing a warplane at a base in the south of the country opened fire and destroyed another F-16 jet fighter on the tarmac, public broadcaster VRT said on Friday, citing unidentified sources.
An investigation has been opened into Thursday's incident and the commander of the Florennes airfield told RTBF television that the inquiry would look at whether there was any wrongdoing.
"You can't help thinking of what a disaster this could have been," said Colonel Didier Polome, who flew back from the Baltic where Belgian F-16s are policing NATO's frontier with Russia.
In the air base incident, a second multi-million-dollar, U.S.-built warplane was damaged and two mechanics were treated for hearing loss caused by the blast, the Belgian armed forces said in a statement.
Video: Belgian F 16 completely destroyed after a Technician accidental opened fire from another F 16 fighte
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