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Technician Accidentally Fires Warplane's Vulcan Canon, Destroys F-16

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A maintenance worker accidentally fired a 20mm Vulcan cannon from an F-16 jet at a Belgian air force base, destroying a nearby F-16 jet and damaging others, according to reports. 

The technician at Florennes Air Basein southern Belgium accidentally fired the weapon while performing maintenance work on the plane, hitting an F16 parked on tarmac in front of a hangar, Avio News reported. 

The plane hit was full of fuel at the time and caught fire, and another plane nearby was damaged. The Belgian Air Force confirmed the incident at the airbase, and said that two mechanics were being treated for hearing loss caused by the blast. 

An investigation has been opened into Thursday’s incident and the commander of the Florennes airfield told Belgium’s RTBF television that the inquiry would look at whether there was any wrongdoing. 

“You can’t help thinking of what a disaster this could have been,” said Colonel Didier Polome, who flew back from the Baltic where Belgian F-16s are policing NATO’s frontier with Russia

 

https://www.newsweek.com/technician-accidentally-fires-vulcan-canon-destroying-f16-airbase-tarmac-1168715?fbclid=IwAR16M2j2TRzPMwQMZZ3PbFOHFTbjhNv3knX8sbXwJrCYKPhWYATAE64xv9Q

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Accidental my Backside, weapons systems should have been isolated before maintenance worker started work.

This was caused by a procedural cock up

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Well, a Thai Army colonel told me about an officer who was made commanding general of the inactive reserve. He said the guy had effed up everything he did, but they couldn't demote him because he'd lose face. So they side tracked him to command an entire floor full of filing cabinets, with a couple of sergeants to make coffee for him. 

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