November 5, 2007 (by Asif Shamim) - The Italian Air Force is reporting the crash of a 37° Stormo F-16 ADF based out of Trapani-Birgi. The pilot ejected safely.
AMI F-16A ADF 10 gruppo. A jet from this squadron is reported to have crashed today.
Italian Military official report the incident occurred at 14.50h. The F-16 was on landing approach to the base when it sustained what is described as a bird strike which resulted in the jet crashing within the airfield boundaries, 50 meters from the runway. There was no resulting fire and no damage was reported to have been sustained to civilian or military property.
The pilot Captain Moris Ghiadoni, 33 years old from Belgioioso (Pavia) was taken to military hospital for medical observation. Military officials are reporting that a board of inquiry will be setup to investigate the crash.
This incident will be the third crash the AMI
has sustained due to a bird strikes. In all cases the pilots ejected safely.
More to follow.