October 11, 2018 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Today around 14.10h, a violent explosion sounded at Florennes airbase in the South of Belgium when an F-16 caught fire and completely burned out.
BAF F-16AM #FA-128 from the second wing seen after it was completely destroyed in a ground fire at Florennes AB on October 11th, 2018. [Photo by Tony Delvita]
An F-16 (#FA-128
) was completely destroyed while a second F-16 received collateral damage from the explosions. Two personnel were wounded and treated at the scene. Injuries sustained were mainly hearing related from the explosion.
The F-16 was parked near a hangar when it was accidentally fired upon from another F-16 undergoing routine ground maintenance. Several detonations were heard and thick black smoke was seen for miles around.
Civilian firefighters have even been called in to help firefighters at the airbase to contain the incident. About thirty men were deployed on site and several ambulances were dispatched.
The Aviation Safety Directorate (ASD) is currently investigating the exact cause.
The incident happened at the military airport in Florennes, a Walloon municipality in the south of Belgium
. The base houses the 2nd Tactical Wing which comprises the 1st 'Stingers' Squadron
and the 350th 'Ambiorix' Squadron