Defense

June 28, 2013

Luke AFB F-16 crashes, pilots safely eject

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., similar to the one shown here, crashed June 26, 2013, outside of the base. Both pilots ejected safely.

An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crashed shortly before 7 p.m. in a field just west of the base.

There were two pilots on board. Both safely ejected and have been recovered. Neither pilot was injured.

The aircraft went down in a field adjacent to the base, and no damage to structures or private property has been reported.

At the time of the incident, the pilots were conducting a routine training mission. Air Force officials will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Police and fire departments from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and surrounding communities responded.

“The first responders were outstanding,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, the 56th Fighter Wing commander. “An incident like this highlights the close cooperation between our Fire and Emergency Services and their counterparts in the surrounding community.”

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 




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