The Air Force announced
yesterday that an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report shows
that an F-16C Falcon fighter jet experienced engine failure prior to crashing
at the Utah Test and Training Range earlier this year. At the time of the
accident, the pilot -- who was not injured -- was conducting a
close-air-support training mission in a two-ship formation during an
operational readiness exercise. A cracked blade cause the damage, the report
shows. The board believes the crack was formed during the manufacturing process
and remained undetected during inspection.
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