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Alabama F-16 comes off runway at Oshkosh

July 28, 2011 (by Asif Shamim) - An F-16C block 30 from 100 FS (#87-0296) sustained a hard landing after coming off the runway at Wittman Regional Airport during the AirVenture event at Oshkosh this morning.

USAF F-16C block 30 #87-0269 from the 100th FS is seen with its nose in soft ground after it overran the runway at Oshkosh AP on July 28th, 2011. As can be seen there's obviously a fire in the engine exhaust. [Greenbaypressgazette photo]

The incident happened at 11.20h local time on the north runway at Wittman Regional Airport near the Warbirds area.

Information regarding the status of pilot has not been released, but early reports indicate the pilot walked away and was taken for medical attention.

Bill Tregoning an eyewitness reported the following "It looked like the plane came off the edge of the runway going about 60 miles per hour," he said. "The front landing gear sunk into the soft ground because of the rain."

He said the front landing gear of the F-16 may have broken.

A board of enquiry will look into the accident