Oops: Dutch F-16 Makes Emergency Landing After Flying Into Its Own Gunfire

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A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in January after firing the aircraft’s 20mm rotary cannon and damaging it in the process.

During a training exercise involving two F-16’s over the island of Vlieland on Jan. 21, one pilot opened fire with the Vulcan cannon and found “at least one fired cartridge caused damage to the plane’s exterior and engine.

The Military Times reported that “at least one round ripped through the jet’s exterior.” Munition fragments were also reportedly located inside the jet’s engine. The Netherlands Department of Defense called the incident “serious” and promised an investigation.

Popular Mechanics reported that the jet had considerable damage. There were no injuries.

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