Dramatic week for Skrydstrup Air Force Base

A Danish fighter jet dropping a missile part was followed up by another incident involving the emergency landing of a Belgian military aircraft

Noma unseated from its number one position (photo: Antissimo)
August 13th, 2012 12:55 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Two separate incidents involving US-made F-16 fighter jets made for a dramatic week for Skrydstrup Air Force Base in southern Jutland.

A Danish F-16 accidentally dropped a missile part as it took part in a training exercise off the western coast of Jutland on Thursday.

The loss was first discovered once the aircraft had landed at Skrydstrup, but military officials are confident that the missile piece fell into the North Sea, over which most of the exercise took place.

“The risk of it being dropped over land is minimal,” Major Hans Bagger of the Danish air tactical command, Flyvertaktisk Kommando, said in a press release.

A readout from the aircraft’s data system indicated that the missile part most likely fell off about 50 sea miles off the coast of western Jutland, although a precise location could not be established.

Bagger said that people should contact the police if they find something that could resemble a missile part.

“Clearly, if someone was to find something that could stem from the one-metre long piece of the grey missile, they shouldn't touch it and should contact the police,”  Bagger said.

The military’s department of materials, Forsvarets Materieltjeneste, immediately removed the remaining parts of the missile and initiated an investigation into the ordeal.

Skrydstrup Air Force Base then experienced more drama the following day when a Belgian F-16 was forced to make an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction. The aircraft had been on a training mission when flight instruments indicated that the pressure in the cabin was falling.

Fire trucks and ambulances were assembled as a precaution, but the plane landed without incident.

“The plane could land without issue, and it is standard procedure to assemble rescue units when a plane suffers a problem,” Rune Dyrholm from Flyvertaktisk Kommando told Ekstra Bladet tabloid.

Noma unseated from its number one position (photo: Antissimo)
World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Noma falls to third place
After spending four of the last five years in first place, Noma has droppe...
EADP have developed a spacecraft capable of deflecting an asteroid with very short warning time (photo: Urhixidur)
Armaged some funding! Danish NGO collecting funds for asteroid protection
The Danish NFGO, the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project (EADP), is currentl...
The pharoahe is ready to kill it with his rhymes (Photo: Krik Barvender)
Early-June music: In the hands of the pharoahe
Pharoahe Monch Wed 3 June, 22:00; Pumpehuset; 200kr Pharoahe Monch, a 42-...
More Copenhageners are ready to spend the big bucks on their holiday (photo: iStock)
Copenhageners travelling the most this summer
When it comes to forking out for a holiday somewhere, Copenhageners have th...
It might look like a bit of old rock, but it's a record breaker (official press photo)
World record-breaking piece of amber in Copenhagen
This week, House of Amber and Copenhagen Amber Museum are celebrating their...
Bayern Munich starlet Pierre Emile Højbjerg is on the team (photo: Michael Lucan)
Danes unveil strong under-21 team for the Euros
Denmark is arguably entering its best-ever squad in the Under-21 European C...