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Makos F-16 drops fuel tanks in Biscayne Bay

June 4, 2010 (by Asif Shamim) - An F-16C from 93 FS 'Makos' jettisoned its fuel tanks in Biscayne Bay after reporting engine problems on Friday morning authorities reported.

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USAF F-16C block 30 #87-0290 from the 93rd FS, marked 482nd FW on the tail takes-off on a routine training sortie on January 5th, 2009. [USAF photo by Tim Norton]

The F-16 assigned to Homestead Air Reserve Base, was on a training mission when the pilot noticed the engine light blinking.

While returning to base the pilot released the two tanks a couple of miles South-West of Elliott Key, said Lt. Col. Thomas Davis, spokesman for the 482nd Fighter Wing.

The pilot was not hurt in the incident and safely recovered the F-16 back to Homestead.

Susan Gonshor, PR officer from Biscayne National Park said the the broken tanks were recovered in water depths of nine feet. The fuel had evaporated and caused little damage.