December 2, 2010 (by Stars and Stripes) - An F-16C block 40 (#88-0446) experienced problems after landing from a training flight yesterday, Wednesday afternoon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. This prompted the base to use safety chains to bring it to a stop about 30 yards from the base perimeter.
USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0446 from the 555th FS has plowed into the ground at Aviano AB on December 1st, 2010. [Ilgazetto.it
The pilot safely left the aircraft, no one was injured on the ground and no fuel was spilled during the incident, according to a news release from the 31st Fighter Wing.
The jet, slowed by the chains, came to rest partially off the runway on the adjoining grass shortly after 15.00h local time. It was quickly surrounded by dozens of U.S. and Italian rescue and law enforcement personnel.
The jet sustained an undetermined amount of damage and was taken from the runway with the aid of heavy equipment. Flights were halted Wednesday after the incident but resumed Thursday.
The incident is under investigation.