F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Israeli F-16 crashes, pilot ditches unhurt

February 1, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An Israeli air force F-16A crashed on Wednesday after the plane's engine failed. The pilot bailed out unhurt in the Negev Desert. It was the second such F-16 malfunction in a year in the Israeli air force.

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Near the outset of a training exercise, the pilot detected an engine malfunction. When he could not restart the engine, he abandoned the plane. He is safe and sound.