December 16, 2010 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Last November, a Belgian F-16 pilot hit a power line in Morocco during a training flight. As a consequence, parts of Morocco and Algeria were cut of from electricity for a while.
BAF F-16A block 15 #FA-118 seen above a magnificent landscape over Morocco in the vicinity of Meknes were the Belgians practise low-level flying every year. [BAF photo]
The 350th squadron
, which is based in Florennes, deployed to Sidi Slimane Air Base in Morocco
with seven F-16s. They were preparing for a NATO
operation in Afghanistan (ISAF
), the latter which has a similar landscape.
During a training mission, a pilot was flying too low and ended up hitting a power line. The aircraft could still land safely.
The Belgian Air Force confirmed the incident, but the investigation on the case is still ongoing.
Morocco is currently receiving the first of 24 F-16 block 52
fighters which they ordered in 2008. They are paying $35 million per F-16 Block 52, which includes advanced countermeasures, electronic warfare and support equipment.