The Dutch F-16 fighter jet shot itself and made an emergency landing at Leeuwarden Air Base in Netherlands on Jan 21, 2019
Dutch Airforce F-16 fighter jet accidentally shot itself when it fired was firing at at a target on Vliehors training ground in Netherlands. The pilot fired F-16’s M61 Vulcan 20-millimeter Gatling built-in gun during the target practice exercise. At least one bullet struck the outside of the plane, and the airplane’s engine intake swallowed at least some part of a 20-millimeter round.
The M61 Vulcan Gatling gun has a rate of fire of 6,000 rounds a minute, or 100 per second. The F-16 carries 511 rounds, or enough for five seconds of sustained fire. The gun is designed for very close range air-to-air fighting or strafing targets on the ground.
According to authorities, the plane suffered “considerable damage”, but no injuries were reported.
“This is a serious incident. We therefore want to fully investigate what happened and how we would be able to avoid this in future.” said Wim Bagerbos, inspector general at the Department of Defence.