September 9, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - On Saturday at 16.45h, two USAF F-16s made an emergency landing at Fukuoka AP, Japan due to engine trouble.
USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0544 when it was still stationed at Cannon AFB
About 13 minutes after the pilot requested the air traffic controller for an emergency landing, the block 40
) safely touched down at Fukuoka AP (16.45h) followed by his wingman (#88-0544
) who landed six minutes later (16.51h).
The F-16s were on their way from Hickam AFB
, Hawaii, USA, to the 36th FS at Osan AB
, South Korea
, when the engine output from one of the F-16s dropped by half.
USAF mechanics are scheduled to come over on Monday from Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
Video from the Japanese televison