October 10, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - On Tuesday morning, a USAF F-16 was forced to make an emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport (ILM), North Carolina.
The pilot who was 20 miles from the airport, called into the control tower around 10.15h to report engine trouble.
It took the pilot five minutes to make the landing.
Other air traffic preparing to land at ILM was told to stay in flight while the F-16 landed.
The pilot was fine and the emergency landing did not cause delays to other flights
ILM is one of the few airports that can act as an emergency airfield for any space shuttle needing to abort a take-off.