A Belgian F-16 crashed yesterday while approaching Kleine-Brogel air base to land after a training flight.
The control tower noticed flames at the rear of the aircraft, which crashed a kilometer away from the air base's runway.
The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and was not harmed.
A crash investigation is underway but the pilot indicated to the control tower before the crash that it could have been a bird strike. The Belgian armed forces report a dozen bird strikes a year.
The crash leaves the Belgian air force with 59 F-16A/B MLU aircraft, six of which are in storage (what the Belgian air force refers to as "cocooning"). The crashed aircraft will be replaced by one in storage.
The Belgian air force has produced a video of the aftermath of the crash.
Belgian Defense photos