F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Shaw AFB grounds F-16s

April 28, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Shaw Air force Base grounded their F-16 jets for a day. The planes were given a good once over after an F-16 crashed in the Ashley River in Charleston last week.

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A Shaw spokesperson says the inspections are routine practice after a crash.

The exact cause is still under investigation, but it seems that the problem has been pinpointed to the engine.

Shaw Vice Wing Commander, Colonel Michael Beale says, "Part of the procedure occasionally is to look at your processes, look at your equipment and if you come across something of interest you might consider grounding your fleet. It's a way of minimizing risk."

The planes will resume a normal flight schedule Friday.