Two Turkish F-16s Crash

?? Serge Pod #05.04.2000 15:59

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Two Turkish F-16s Crash

by Metehan Demir

04/05/00 06:49:38 AM U.S. EDT

Two Turkish air force F-16C fighters crashed just after they collided during a night training flight Tuesday night near the Anatolian city of Sivas. Both pilots, who managed to eject from their aircraft, were rescued four hours after the crash. But one died this morning as a result of injuries sustained. The incident occurred at 9:05 p.m. local time (3:05 p.m. Eastern) during a night-time, close formation training exercise. Witnesses said the wings of both aircraft touched each other. An investigation is underway. Since the start of Turkish co-production of Lockheed Martin F-16s 14 years ago, a total of ten F-16s built in Turkey under license have crashed. Turkey’s inventory now stands at 230.

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