Investigation into S.Korean KF-16 Accident Pins Blame on Bird Impact

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Investigation into S.Korean KF-16 Accident Pins Blame on Bird Impact
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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) said that flames and smoke from the engine of a KF-16 jet on June 8 were caused after a bird was sucked into an air intake of the aircraft.

The jet’s pilot made an emergency exit from the plane after detecting flames and smoke from its engine during a takeoff run at the 20th Fighter Wing in the western city of Seosan, Yonhap News Agency reported today.

Following an inspection, the military said a bird was sucked into an air intake of the jet. The pilot sustained no injuries from the accident though the aircraft was damaged.

The Air Force had suspended all flights for aircraft inspection. It said it will resume the jets' operations next Monday after educating pilots on emergency action procedures and conducting preventive inspections on the aircraft.

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