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F-16 makes emergency landing at Fiumicino AP

December 16, 2009 (by F. Dariz) - An F-16 belonging to USAF 31st FW based at Aviano, Italy, made an emergency landing today at 12.30h at Rome's Fiumicino Airport due to a unknown technical problem.

USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0444 belonging to the 510th FS made an emergency landing at Rome's Fiumicino Airport due to an engine nozzle problem. [USAF photo]

Two F-16s which took off from the U.S. military base in Aviano for a surveillance operation, were flying over the Italian capital when one of the two jets (#88-0444) suffered a major engine loss.

An immediate request for an emergency landing was sent to the control tower of Fiumicino
International airport near Rome.

Both planes landed at around 12.30h on runway 3 of the airport and are now parked at the Cargo City freight terminal awaiting a crew of US military technicians from Aviano to arrive with spare parts.

Additional images:

USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0444 from the 510th FS is seen on approach to Aviano AB on June 18th, 2009. [Photo by Marco Sommacal]

Two USAF F-16C block 40's with the closest at the top being #88-0446 and just below is #88-0444 landing at Aviano AB on December 8th, 1998. [Photo by Sergio Gava]