Belgian F-16 Accidentally Fires Gatling Gun, Destroys Another F-16 on the Ground

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A Belgian Air Component F-16 fighter was destroyed and a second plane severely damaged after two maintainers accidentally triggered another jet’s Gatling gun. Two other Belgian Air Force personnel on the ground were treated for injuries


The incident took place at Florennes Air Base in the afternoon of October 11. Two maintainers working on Belgian Air Force F-16AM fighter jet accidentally fired the plane’s M61 20-millimetre, six-barreled Gatling gun. The 20-millimetre cannon rounds struck another F-16AM sitting nearby that was fueled up and prepared for flight. The resulting fire and explosion completely destroyed the fighter. A second fighter parked nearby suffered light damage.

In addition to the damage, two servicemen, presumably the ones that accidentally triggered the gun. suffered hearing damage. According to the Belgian Air Force, the injured were treated on the spot.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is equipped with one M61 Vulcan cannon for both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The 250-lb. the gun has six rotating barrels with a rate of fire of 6,000 rounds per minute. Each F-16 stores 511 rounds for the gun. The weapon is also used in a number of other fighter aircraft, including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-22 Raptor. Elsewhere the M61 is used in the Phalanx CIWS shipboard point defence system and was used by the U.S. Army as an air defence gun.

 

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Belgian F-16 Accidentally Fires Gatling Gun, Destroys Another F-16 on the Ground

2018/10/1539673181.jpg
Read: 440     12:02     16 October 2018    

A Belgian Air Component F-16 fighter was destroyed and a second plane severely damaged after two maintainers accidentally triggered another jet’s Gatling gun. Two other Belgian Air Force personnel on the ground were treated for injuries


The incident took place at Florennes Air Base in the afternoon of October 11. Two maintainers working on Belgian Air Force F-16AM fighter jet accidentally fired the plane’s M61 20-millimetre, six-barreled Gatling gun. The 20-millimetre cannon rounds struck another F-16AM sitting nearby that was fueled up and prepared for flight. The resulting fire and explosion completely destroyed the fighter. A second fighter parked nearby suffered light damage.

In addition to the damage, two servicemen, presumably the ones that accidentally triggered the gun. suffered hearing damage. According to the Belgian Air Force, the injured were treated on the spot.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is equipped with one M61 Vulcan cannon for both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The 250-lb. the gun has six rotating barrels with a rate of fire of 6,000 rounds per minute. Each F-16 stores 511 rounds for the gun. The weapon is also used in a number of other fighter aircraft, including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-22 Raptor. Elsewhere the M61 is used in the Phalanx CIWS shipboard point defence system and was used by the U.S. Army as an air defence gun.

 

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