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RNLAF F-16 damaged at Kandahar

June 15, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced via its website that one if its F-16s sustained damage to its landing gear during a take-off from Kandahar airfield.

RNlAF F-16AM #J-144 from 323 sqn had a mishap at Kandahar AB on June 15th, 2008. The photo shows the crane ready to lift the F-16 after it was stopped by the airfields emergency barrier system. [Photo via Falconniek]

F-16AM #J-144 from 323 Sqn aborted its take-off and was slowed to halt by the airfields emergency arresting barrier system. The pilot remained with the aircraft and was unhurt in the incident.

The RNlAF are supporting ISAF operations in Afghanistan. The F-16 was departing for a sortie to support troops in the South of the country.

An accident enquiry board will check the damage and reasons behind the failure.

Additional images:

RNLAF 323 Desert ISAF Deployment patch (Rene W. Kleingeerts Collection)

RNlAF F-16AM #J-144 from 323 sqn is ready to go at Eindhoven AB on September 11th, 2007. [Photo by Mike Schoenmaker]