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    F-16 destroyed after friendly fire on Belgian air base

    A Belgian F-16 fighter was damaged beyond repair on October 11, 2018, on Florennes Air Base (ICAO: EBFS) near Dinant, Belgium. The F-16, which was parked on the airbase apron, received shots… from another fighter! The incident injured one person.

    The Belgian armed forces initially reported that one fighter was destroyed by a fire and a second one was damaged, without mentioning the cause of the incident.

    But according to a representative of the Belgian union SLFP, an army ground worker who was carrying out maintenance on another F-16 triggered the plane’s M61A1 Vulcan cannon and shot two other aircraft that were parked nearby.
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    How much do these fighter planes cost , Rebbonk?

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    $18.8 million in 1998 according to Wiki. But depending on spec' could be a whole lot more.

    What worries me is that we used to have WOG (weight on gear) switches that ought prevent anything like this happening. When we tested armament circuits/facilities we had to use override facilities. The fact that this accident has happened implies something either wasn't working or an SOP was not used correctly. SOP - Standard Operating Procedure.

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