F-16 crash

Technical failures have been cited as the cause for the crash of the Portuguese Air Force F-16 plane in Leiria in January.

The pilot reportedly realised that the aircraft was behaving strangely and some witnesses on the ground said it was making “unusual oscillating movements” before the crash (see The Resident, February 1). The pilot managed to activate the full power speed and placed the plane on a route to a nearby pine grove, away from the residential areas. Investigators have said that there was a technical failure in the flight control system.

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