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134 FS F-16 clips landing lights

March 31, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - A Vermont National Guard F-16 from 134 Fighter Squadron clipped a landing light on approach to Burlington International Airport said guard officials.

A 134th FS F-16C is taxying for the main runway at Burlington IAP on July 22nd, 2008. [Photo by Philippe Colin]

The F-16 landed safely and the airport remained open. Ground crew noticed damage to the plane after it landed at about 14:00h local time. There's no immediate word on the extent of the damage to the plane or the landing light system.

The plane was returning to the airport after a training mission. A board of investigation will look into the incident.

A similar incident occurred back in April 2005 in which #83-1159 also with 134 FS at the time came in low during landing and struck runway lights causing the main landing gear to collapse.

Colonel Douglas Fick stayed with the aircraft and was uninjured. The landing happened in severe weather conditions which made the pilot abort two landing attempts. Attempting a third, he came in too low and struck the lights..

Additional images:

USAF F-16C block 25 #83-1159 from the 134th FS skidded down the runway after hitting some runway lights on April 20th, 2005. [Photo by Peter Huoppi]