How do you say "Hey Bubba! Watch this!" in Belgium???
Aircraft powered up and the weapon locks were not installed?
I foresee a flight crew going through some remedial training
You don't just "trigger" a gun on a modern plane. Someone had to have disengaged the safeties on a loaded weapon. This is against every SoP that I remember from my time in the Navy.
Something smells rotten in this story.
Someone isn't getting their allowance this week.
I hope they bought the extended warranty
There's a joke here somewhere about a Belgian mechanic ;)
What a memorable last day at work! A parting shot, so to speak...
But dad. You promised me an f-35!
I don’t know what happened doctor. I was just checking my rifle to see if it was loaded. When I was looking down the barrel and holding the rifle with my feet, it must have gone off on its own.
Reminds me of the airline commercial with the line "want to get away" when people have awkward moments.
Big problem here! How was the system able to activate ON THE GROUND? There is a safety switch located on the landing gears that automatically, electronically disables the entire weapons system when the landing gears come down during landing, UNLESS it is manually by-passed by ground crew. This has been required by the manufacturer during construction for decades. Even back then (1968), the safety switch was required on ALL military aircraft with a weapons system. I had to use this switch many, many times while working on our aircraft's weapons systems. The very 1st thing required is to inspect the weapon to ensure it isn't loaded. Then and only then do you go to the safety switch and inspect it for proper operation. Then and only then, do you go into the cockpit and turn on the MASTER weapons power (electronic) switch to power up/turn on the weapons system. THEN the only way a weapon can be fired is to SELECT the individual weapon, IN the cockpit and hit the proper firing switch/button 'usually' located on the control stick. This reply post of being made by a retired Aviation Ordnance man 2nd class (E5) 1968-1974. Sorry about the long post, but couldn't condense it much more and be properly understood.
So much for our NATO allies.
Usually one takes the bullets out of a gun before doing maintenance on it.
My guess is that the mechanic's next performance review is not going to go well.
That is an extremely expensive mistake. 😲
Oops. ha ha ha! Since no one was hurt so stupid and costly it's funny.
um. Hmm. Trying to think of something to say on this one. Nope . Got nothin.
The mechanic is 1/5fth on the way to being an ace
So, need to clean up this seat, this altimeter, and ... wow, a nice red button! Looks pretty filthy from not being used in a long time, let's clean it too! Now, I hope the guy is not allowed to clean around nuclear missiles :-)
4 more and he's an ace?
Oh my, it will take a long time on an aircraft mechanics pay to pay for that F-16 Viper.
Who knew that Homer Simpson was a Belgian? He certainly doesn't have an accent.
Larry and Curly will recover. Fortunately, Moe was taking the day off.
See the red button? NEVER push the red button. This one?
What an imbecile! I was a jet engine mechanic on the F16 in 81 to 82. The mechanic had to purposely shoot that cannon.
Next time line all of them up one behind the other so you take out the entire squadron!
Whose idea was it to connect those lugnuts to the cannon in the first place?
A little duct tape and some elbow grease and she will be as good as new...
Huh, Belgian John McCain.
Why was the plane carrying live ammo while it was being worked on?! Lucky it was just a plane that was hit and not a hangar or other occupied structure.
In a related story, the US president shot himself in the foot, yet again, today.
A good way of getting rid of an F-16.
Not sure why I am laughing but is the mechanic now a fighter ace? I mean he has more kills than most pilots get nowadays in an entire career.
That’s why Europe needs the US for protection.
I used to worry that I'd accidentally fire the minigun in the nose of the A-37's that I would arm/dearm at the end of the runway. Back in Bien Hoa. I didn't, but my crewmate did. sigh.
No one was hurt, so....LMAO
It probably wasn't supposed to, but this article made me laugh. Glad no one was killed.
Oops. Rule #1 in the Mechanics Handbook: Remove all ammo before proceeding.
Iron Eagle they ain't!
What is even scarier, research " 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident". Even though the weapons are not supposed to go off in case of a crash, there still is the "broken arrow" scenario.
Ok..... I was in the AF like decades ago. And I do not remember them working on a aircraft with live rounds in the aircraft, etc... Any modern day mechanics out there have any comments on this one ?
I see a poor performance review in the near future for these mechanics. If 2 F16s were destroyed or badly damaged that's $60 million gone up in smoke plus clean up costs. I hope there hearing wasn't lost in the explosion.
Some of us blew up a riding mower one time, running it on alcohol and starting fluid. But to bake an F-16? Wow.
The jet's cannon works well
Oh, that's gonna leave a mark. Sheesh, squeezing the gun button on the plane's control stick, what a dummy. Sounds like something you would see in a comedy movie like The Three Stooges. Several million dollars up in smoke.
First rule of firearms, always treat as if they are loaded. This include multi million dollar fighter jets. Good thing they didn't launch a few sidewinders.