Thursday, December 27, 2012

F-16 lands safely after reported engine trouble: Des Moines International Airport (KDSM), Iowa

Emergency vehicles surround a plane after its landing Thursday at the Des Moines airport.
Timothy Meinch/The Register

An F-16 fighter jet that experienced engine trouble landed safely in Des Moines this afternoon. 

Des Moines-based jet was flying a training exercise over eastern Iowa when an engine sensor detected a malfunction shortly after 2 p.m. The pilot headed toward the Des Moines area, where he flew around for a short time to burn off excess fuel before landing at the Des Moines International Airport at about 3 p.m.

“When the pilot sees that sensor come on it means the pilot needs to land the aircraft as soon as possible,” said Col. Greg Hapgood, with the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard.

No one was injured in the incident.

Mechanics are just beginning to diagnose the jet’s engine problem, but it appears it is not significant, Hapgood said. The threshold for triggering an engine sensor is very low, he said.

“These things happen occasionally when you’re flying high performance aircraft,” he said. “It’s like when you’re check engine light comes on in your car.”

Police and firefighters were on scene when the jet landed in case of a crash, said Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

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