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Eielson AFB F-16 undergoes in-flight emergency

May 29, 2024 (by Capt. Faith Hirschmann) - An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, experienced an in-flight emergency during take-off at approximately 13:47h, on May 28, 2024.

During the emergency, the pilot jettisoned two fuel tanks following emergency checklist procedures. The aircraft landed back at Eielson safely with no injuries reported.

Emergency Management teams have located the tanks, which were dropped in an uninhabited area near Eielson AFB, and are working to remediate the site in concert with local officials.

To facilitate clean-up operations in the area, spectators are requested to stay away from the scene of the spill. The base command post, local emergency services, law enforcement, and environmental protection agencies have been notified.

“Team Eielson takes the safety of its pilots and community neighbours very seriously and is working closely with local governmental and community members to respond quickly and responsibly,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Townsend, 354th Fighter Wing commander. “We are grateful for the community’s support of our mission, and we strive to be good stewards of the land we fly over.”

The incident is currently under investigation.

Courtesy of 354th Fighter Wing

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