Belgian F-16 crashes into building at Netherlands airfield, pilot ejects

A Belgian Air Force pilot conducts a training flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sep. 16, 2016. U.S Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Belgian pilots collaborate to conduct a bombing and strafing flight exercise, Sep. 13-16, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Emily Houdershieldt)


Amsterdam — A Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a building at a military airfield in the Netherlands before it was scheduled to take off, injuring two people, the Air Force reported Thursday.

The pilot was able to eject to safety, the army said on Twitter. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Eyewitnesses reported that the aircraft was on fire when it rolled into the building shortly before takeoff. But according to the Air Force, “there was no fire and no explosion.”

The plane was a Belgian fighter jet, stationed at the military airfield in Leeuwarden. The F-16 jets were scheduled to be transferred to another military base in the Netherlands on Thursday.

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