Technician ‘Accidentally’ Fires Vulcan Cannon & Obliterates F-16 Sitting on the Runway

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“You can’t help thinking of what a disaster this could have been,” Col. Didier Polome, the base commander, told a Belgian television news station.

“The damage caused by the accident would amount to tens of millions of Euro and flight operations from the air base are suspended temporarily to allow both to carry out the investigations,” AVIO writes, “and to secure the whole area near the explosion point avoiding any leakage of toxic substances.”

The Belgian Air Force was quick to acknowledge the obvious, though their initial statements reported that a fire broke out on the base during maintenance work. They talked about the loss of the planes, and the ensuing damage, but were hesitant to discuss the cause of the fire.