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Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    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.


    Extremely odd. The F-16 has a failsafe device called a weight-on-wheels switch which disables the armaments when the plane is on the ground.

    It is also strange that the technician was working on an armed aircraft so close to the flight line.
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Ach, we've all had a bad day at work ...
  3. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    As you say, Nomad, oops!! :eek:
  4. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Do we know if the worker got fired too?
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  5. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I can imagine his performance management interview
  6. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    I should imagine capability might be on the horizon too...
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  7. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Unfortunately I don't think the tried-and-tested problem-solving flowchart would apply in this case:

  8. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    What hasn't been widely reported is that the maintenance worker was actually being observed by the senior leadership maintenance workers at the time.

    Fortunately their report has recently become available:

    WWW (what went well):
    * we now know the 20mm Vulcan cannon works very effectively
    * everyone was fully engaged once the incident begun. No-one was bored, and no-one was messing around on their mobile phones. It was a textbook example of differentiation

    EBI (even better if):
    * no planes at all had been destroyed/damaged
    * the destruction had been written out beforehand in the maintenance objectives
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Wow, the Belgians have an airforce, who knew?
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter


    but not yet


    They do have a few more aircraft left. Who's counting! ;)
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  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'm guessing the technician won't be allowed to paint a little white F-16 below the cockpit of the plane s/he was working on.

    Perhaps they were fixing the failsafe mechanism? Still, look on the bright side - it was only 16 reg and not an F-18, so at least the insurance will be less.
  12. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    I feel a new Specsavers ad coming on...
  13. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    At least his foot wasn't in the way....
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  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The Belgians HAD an airforce.

    I used to work with someone like that.
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  16. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Good point. In fact I wouldn't be at all surprised if the insurance company take advantage of the failsafe fixing fact to wriggle out of not paying up. How convenient that no-one has any dashcam footage.

    Or perhaps they'll claim that the other pilots parked their planes nearby deliberately, and that the whole incident was yet another example of a "missile for money" incident, which unfortunately is becoming all too common.

    Annoyingly it just drives up the price of plane insurance for the rest of us. That reminds me - the MOT on my F-16 is coming up next month, and I need to replace the bulb in one of the brake lights.
  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I'm certainly not going to be flying Belgian Air next time I go to Bruges!
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well that easily beats some of the mistakes I've made...

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