March 25, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - An F-16 from Aviano AB had an in-flight engine emergency on the March 24th which resulted in the pilot ejecting the external fuel tanks. One of which landed on a local houses garage. No one was reported injured.
USAF F-16C block 40 #89-2102 from the 510th FS is seen returning to Aviano AB after suffering an in-flight emergency in which the pilot had to eject its external fuel tanks on March 24th, 2009. Note the white smoke trailing from the engine.
The F-16C block 40 #89-2102
from the 510th Fighter Squadron was on a routine training flight departing the base around 14.57h local time when it reported the engine emergency.
As part of the landing procedure the pilot had to eject the external tanks before attempting a landing which was safely made with the F-16 returning to base at 15.10h.
One tank landed ending up near a road and Italian press report it was close to a garden in which children were playing in, while the other came down 500 meters away on a garage in the local town of Tamai di Brugnera causing damage to the property and the car inside. Fortunately the fuel onboard both tanks did not catch fire.
An investigation is just beginning to determine what caused the emergency.