- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Two pilots in the middle of a training mission on Wednesday were forced to eject when their F-16 crashed into a field near Luke Air Force in Arizona.

The plane started to malfunction 45 minutes into the mission, said Co. John Hanna, an operations manager at the Glendale base, United Press International reported.

They flew into an arc to force the plane to lose momentum before ejecting, Col. Hanna said. The pilots weren’t seriously injured, though one complained of a back pain. Nobody on the ground was hurt, UPI reported.

Air Force officials are investigating the cause of the malfunction. But their results won’t be available to the public for at least 90 days, UPI said.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide