Aviano Air Base uses safety chains to help F-16 land safely
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An F-16 experienced problems after landing from a training flight Wednesday afternoon, prompting the base to use safety chains to bring it to a stop about 30 yards from the base perimeter.
The pilot safely left the aircraft, no one was injured on the ground and no fuel was spilled during the incident, according to a news release from the 31st Fighter Wing.
The jet, slowed by the chains, came to rest partially off the runway on the adjoining grass shortly after 3 p.m. It was quickly surrounded by dozens of U.S. and Italian rescue and law enforcement personnel.
The jet sustained an undetermined amount of damage and was taken from the runway with the aid of heavy equipment. Flights were halted Wednesday after the incident but resumed Thursday.
The incident is under investigation.