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USAF F-16 catches fire at Misawa airport

July 25, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Yesterday, at 9:05, at Misawa Air Port in Japan, an USAF F-16 caugt fire when it aborted a take off. It overran the end of the runway, made a 180 degrees turn and caught fire.

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The jet belonged to the 35th FW (Fighter Wing), based at Misawa AB. The pilot got out of the aircraft, and was taken taken with sever burns to the hospital atthe AB.He was later transferred to the Hachinohe Shimin Hospital (Hachinohe Citizens Hospital).

Misawa AP closed for six hours. Seven civilian flights were cancelled, one delayed, and over one thousand passengers affected.