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Fighter Jets Intercept American Airlines Flight Bound for Philadelphia

American Airlines flight AA-759 was intercepted by fighter jets on the way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 19th.

The Airbus A330-300 plane flying from Athens, Greece, was in Italian Airspace when it lost radio communication, prompting the authorities to dispatch two Eurofighter jets from Istrana, Italy.

The communication was later re-established, and the fighter jets returned to the base.

The flight continued to Philadelphia.

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Air Baltic Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Copenhagen

Air Baltic flight BT-619 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 13th.

The Boeing 737-300 plane heading from Riga, Latvia, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, was diverted after the crew discovered fire on board.

Swedish armed forces dispatched a fighter jet to inspect the plane from the outside. It did not find any traces of fire or smoke.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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F-16 Jet Makes Emergency Landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

An F-16C fighter jet made an emergency landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Greene County, Ohio, on April 4th.

According to the base spokesperson Bryan Ripple, the jet belonging to the Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing declared an emergency due to a hydraulic leak.

The plane landed safely. No injuries were reported.

It is believed that the jet was involved in an aerial training exercise in the Buckeye Military Operating Area before the incident.

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Swiss Fighter Jet Crashed after Mid-Air Collision in Netherlands

A Swiss fighter jet collided with another plane and crashed in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on June 9th.

The incident happened when the planes were rehearsing for an international air show. Authorities said the Swiss F-5E air demonstration fighter jet crashed into a pond after the collision.

The pilot ejected from the plane before the impact and was not seriously injured.

The second plane sustained damage on the rear fin.

The incident is being investigated.

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F-15 Fighter Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Tulsa

An F-15 fighter jet had to make an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma, on April 14th.

The plane was one of the two returning from a training session at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Authorities said the pilot decided to divert due to a “minor system malfunction.”

The plane landed uneventfully. No injuries were reported.

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Israeli Warplanes Came Dangerously Close to Ryanair Passenger Plane

Two Israel Air Force F-16 fighter jets almost crashed into a Ryanair passenger plane near Ovda Airport, Israel, on March 1st.

The passenger plane was en-route from Krakow, Poland, to Ovda airport, Israel, when two fighter planes, engaged in the training exercises, came “dangerously close”. The Ryanair pilots changed the course at the last minute to avert the crash.

The flight FR-2616 was carrying 162 passengers at the time.

The airline confirmed the incident but said that “These military aircraft were at all times over 3 miles away from the Ryanair aircraft, so the reports of a ‘nearly crash’ or ‘evasive manoeuvres’ are all false and invented. All passengers on board the Ryanair aircraft noticed nothing, since our aircraft never diverted from its cleared flight path to Ovda.”

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Pilot Feared Dead after F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Arizona

An F-16 fighter jet crashed in a remote area near Bagdad, Yavapai County, Arizona, on January 21.

The jet that took off from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, was carrying a student pilot from Taiwan when it went down. Authorities said the pilot was practicing air-to-air combat with an instructor as part of training.

According to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, “All indications lead me to believe that the pilot did not survive the accident…But until we have 100 percent confirmation, we will continue search efforts.”

The cause of crash is not clear at the moment.

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Two Fighter Jets Make Emergency Landing in South Korea

Two F-16 jets made an emergency landing at Muan International Airport, South Korea, on April 7.

Air Force officials said the Kunsan Air Base fighter jets had to land in emergency after one of them experienced engine trouble. The jets departed from Gunsan Airport and were on a training flight over Jeolla-do when the malfunction was reported.

The planes landed safely.

The U.S. Forces Korea is investigating.

Thai Air Force Fighter Jet Crashes in Lopburi Province; Pilot Killed

Royal Thai Air ForceA Royal Thai Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed in Khok Samrong district of Thailand’s central Lopburi province, at around 3 p.m. on February 20.

The accident happened when the plane was participating in missile-launch training drill.

According to Lopburi governor Thanakom Chongchira, “The pilot could not eject himself out of the plane in time.” Rescue teams found his body in the wreckage.

The cause of crash is under investigation.

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Fighter Jet Crashes During NATO Training Exercise in Spain; 10 Killed

SmokeA Greek F-16 jet crashed during NATO training in Spain at around 3:20 p.m. on January 26.

The plane went down shortly after it took off from a training center in Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, during a NATO exercise.

According to a statement released by the defense ministry, “The plane lost power, crashing into the parking area for planes, crashing into various planes that were parked there.”

Ten people, including 2 Greek and 8 French nationals, were killed in the accident while 21 others were injured. Five of the injured were shifted to La Paz Hospital’s specialist burn unit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, “This is a tragedy that affects the whole NATO family.”

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F-15 Jet Lands in Emergency at Frenso Base

An F-15 fighter plane had to make an emergency landing at the 144th Fighter Wing’s Air National Guard Base in Frenso, California, on December 19.

The jet took off for a routine training flight, however, it had to land back in emergency due to a landing gear malfunction. Col. Clay Garrison, a 144th Fighter Wing commander, said the plane’s wheel failed to retract after it took off and therefore, an arresting gear was employed to help it land safely.

The pilot remained uninjured.

The aircraft was taken for examining the cause of landing gear malfunction.

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US Fighter Jet Crashes in Lincolnshire; Pilot Survives

fireA US Air Force fighter jet caught fire after crash landing in a field near Broadgate in Weston Hills, Spalding in Lincolnshire, UK, at around 3:30 p.m. on October 8.

The incident happened when the F-15D aircraft was on a training flight after taking off from RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk.

The US Air Force confirmed the incident and said that the pilot had ejected. He was taken to RAF Lakenheath hospital with minor injuries.

According to the Base commander Colonel Robert Novotny, “We don’t know what caused the crash…We’re just fortunate we got our pilot back and this crash didn’t cause any more damage.”

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82 U.S. Air Force F-16Ds Grounded due to Cracks

On August 19, the U.S. Air Force said that they grounded 82 two-seater F-16D fighter jets because of canopy sill longeron cracks discovered between the front and rear pilots seats.

One hundred and fifty-seven F-16Ds were inspected by individual F-16 units and the cracks were discovered in 82. According to the Air Force sources, the 24 years old F-16D fleet is primarily used for training.

Lt. Col. Steve Grotjohn, Weapons System Division deputy chief said, “As aircraft accumulate flight hours, cracks develop due to fatigue from sustained operations… Fortunately, we have a robust maintenance, inspection and structural integrity program to discover and repair deficiencies as they occur.”

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British Fighter Jets Escorted Private Jet to Stansted

A Luton-bound private passenger jet was escorted from Lagos by two British fighter jets to make emergency landing at Stansted airport, Essex at 7:49 p.m. on July 24.

The aircraft, which is believed to be a Gulfstream small business jet, lost contact with UK authorities shortly after 7 p.m., forcing deployment of two Eurofighter Typhoons from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Reportedly one of the jet fighters also landed at the airport.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Military jets were deployed on a precautionary basis when a private jet was diverted to Stansted…This was due to a loss of communication with the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely at Stansted airport at 7.49pm… All three people who were on board have been spoken to by police, it was established that everything was in order and the police response was stood down.”

Plane Crashed at Durango Airport, 2 Killed

P-51 MustangA P-51 Mustang aircraft crashed just north of the runway at the La Plata County Airport in Durango, Colorado, at about 9:30 a.m. on July 4.

The incident happened when the plane reached about ¼ mile up in the air after taking off.

The Durango Fire and Rescue Authority confirmed that there were only two people aboard and both of them lost their lives in the crash. They were later identified as John Earley, the owner of the plane and the CEO of Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC in Durango, and Mike Schlarb, his flight instructor; both were in their 50s.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

2 Presumed Dead after Civilian Plane and Fighter Jet Collide Mid-air in Germany

plane crashA military-chartered jet and a German Eurofighter aircraft collided mid-air in western Germany.

Police officials confirmed that the Learjet had two people on-board when it collided with the fighter plane on June 23. They also revealed that both aircrafts were hit on the wing and the fuselage.

The Learjet caught fire and crashed into a forested area in Sauerland region; both on-board have been presumed dead. The fighter jet was also badly damaged but it was able to land on its base in Norvenich near Cologne.

Joerg Langer, a spokesperson of German military, said there had been a contact between a Eurofighter jet and a Learjet. He also confirmed that the Eurofighter landed safely.

The Learjet was operated by an Airbus Defence and Space’s subsidiary, Gesellschaft für Flugzieldarstellung” (GFD), which assists German military in maneuvers.

It is believed that the Learjet was involved in a training exercise along with two Eurofighters, one of which was involved in the accident.

Fighter Jet Bird Strike in Belgium

What: Belgian Air Force General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon en route from Kleine-Brogel air base
Where: Belgium
When: August 17, 2012, 3:01 p.m
Who: no fatalities
Why: About a mile from the Kleine- Brogel air base, the pilot of an F-16 fighter jet ejected after the jet suffered a bird strike. The accident occurred near the town of Peer. The pilot who has 500 hours was on a training flight, and after he ejected, ended up in a tree.

The plane has been written off as damaged beyond repair. Residents of Peer were told to keep their windows and doors closed because the plane’s tank contained “hydrazine,” a flammable and toxic. News reports now say that the tank was recovered intact.

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