Wednesday, May 11, 2022

General Dynamics F-16CM-40-CF Fighting Falcon: Incident occurred May 11, 2022 at Sioux Falls Regional Airport (KFSD), South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (KELO) — To hear military jets flying around Sioux Falls isn’t unusual, but the end to one flight on Wednesday afternoon was unexpected.

At 2:43 p.m. Wednesday, one of the F-16’s with the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls slid off one of the runways at the Regional Airport, according to Captain Jessica Bak, Public Affairs Officer with the South Dakota Air National Guard.

Bak says the pilot, who was returning from a training mission, is safe. 

The crashed jet could be seen sitting off the end of the runway at the southeast end of the airport, resting nose down with its cockpit open at the end of a trail of dirt gouged into the grass by the plane.

Bak told KELOLAND News that the Air Guard is establishing an Interim Safety Board to investigate what happened and look for a cause.  Emergency personnel and Security Forces are on site guarding the plane at this time.

The 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard is based in Sioux Falls, with its headquarters just south of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

An Air National Guard plane slid off the runway at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon, according to Metro Communications traffic. 

The F-16 overran Runway 15 on the southside of the airport near the water treatment plant and the landing gear collapsed at around 2:45 p.m., according to a release from the 114th Fighter Wing. 

The incident occurred when the pilot was returning from a routine training mission, according to the release. The aircrew was uninjured.

The plane could be seen on the grass on the south side of the airport, with the nose touching the ground.

The cause of the crash is will be investigated by an interim board determined by the Air National Guard, according to the release.

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