Russians too close for comfort for Belgian F-16s




 
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March 10th, 2009  
rock45
 

Topic: Russians too close for comfort for Belgian F-16s


Russians too close for comfort for Belgian F-16s


Russian freight plane caused damage to Belgian fighter jets.

In the war against terror in Afghanistan three Belgian F-16s have been damaged on the tarmac at Kandahar Airport.

The Belgian fighter jets sustained the damage from stones thrown up into the air when a Russian freight plane came too close to the parked aircraft.

The Russian civilian plane made a mistake and taxied too near the Belgian F16s, blasting stones and sand into their engines.

The engines of the three aircraft were ripped to bits.

Belgian technicians were soon able to replace one of the engines, but replacements are needed for the two others.

These will be flown in on Monday by a Belgian C130 Hercules transport plane.

With one aircraft immediately repaired the Belgians were able to meet their commitment and had two fighter jets back in the air patrolling the airspace above Kandahar Airport on Saturday night.

Last year Belgium sent four F16 fighter jets to southern Afghanistan as part of the Nato mission in the country.

They have the task of protecting the airport in the southern Afghan city.

Link
http://www.expatica.com/be/news/loca...16s_50354.html
March 10th, 2009  
Balkan-MiG
 
 
The Russians are watching!

Will the Belgians have to buy new engines, or do they have some spare?
March 10th, 2009  
tomtom22
 
 
Any pictures?
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March 10th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
Nice work....
March 10th, 2009  
rock45
 
No pictures that I could find think it was an accident?
March 10th, 2009  
Balkan-MiG
 
 
Why would the Russians want to disrupt Belgians in Afghanistan? If they were American fighters, id be more suspicious.
March 10th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
Possibly couldn't tell one from another.
March 10th, 2009  
Balkan-MiG
 
 
If they were Americans I wouldnt be surprised if the plane flew directly into them.
March 10th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
You should immigrate to Russia. I hear life is real good over there.
March 10th, 2009  
AB_Shorts_Momma
 
 
Hate to be the insurance company
 


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