Fri, Jul 01, 2005
A US Navy F/A-18 had an unfortunate run in with an Air Force
hangar in Colorado Thursday. The fighter didn't win, but the hangar
didn't look so good. No one was hurt.
The Hornet, returning to NAS Oceana, VA, from a training
exercise in Fallon, NV, was landing at Buckley AFB in Colorado,
when it apparently ran out of runway before it ran out of
Initial reports said the pilot ejected while the airplane was
still rolling down the runway. Later reports indicated the brakes
failed, but were unclear about the status of the pilot at the time
the F/A-18 impacted the building.
In any case, the Hornet came to rest with its nose inside the
The military was investigating the incident. The name of the
pilot was not released. The aircraft and its pilot were one of
three aircraft on a training mission in Fallon. The incident
aircraft was with Strike Fighter Squadron 106 based at Oceana.
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