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Birds vs F16 = F16 crashed

(BRUSSELS2) A Belgian army F-16 crashed during a training flight on Thursday (August 16) afternoon. The fighter had left its base, Kleine-Brogel, at 14:44 p.m.

« During his return to base, while he was making low-altitude approaches, the control tower saw flames at the rear of the aircraft. “says one to the Belgian Ministry of Defence. The plane was very close to the Kleine-Brogel runway, 1 km away. The pilot had no choice but to eject; he was " found safe and sound », by the inhabitants of Peer, the municipality of the air base... in a tree!

The investigation into the causes of the accident is " in progress ". But according to the first information available to Defense, which is based on the pilot's own conversations with the control tower, we lean towards a birdstrike (a collision with birds)... Like what the best anti-aircraft defense is a ... release birds!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).