F-16 jet ‘destroyed’ after catching fire at Belgium military base


An F-16 aircraft has been completely destroyed after exploding at a Belgian military base, according to the country’s Air Force. Two people have reportedly been injured, and a second plane was damaged.
“A fire was declared during maintenance work on an F-16” in Florennes, the Air Force wrote on Twitter, adding that the plane was completely burned. “A second plane suffered collateral damage.”

The acting commander of the base at Florennes, Didier Di Giovanni, told RTBF that the cause of the incident is currently unknown. “An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause,” he said.

Two technicians who were performing maintenance on the plane when the explosion occurred were injured. They are suffering from hearing problems following the blast, SudInfo reported.

The incident happened at around 2:10pm local time on Thursday.


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