Industrial Safety / Industrial Motors

Missing engine parts caused F-16 crash near DC, Air Force says


Oct 27, 2017

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Missing parts caused an engine failure that resulted in an F-16C crashing earlier this year near Washington, D.C., the Air Force concluded.

Investigators identified the cause of the crash as "improper assembly of the main engine control," according to a press release from the service's Air Combat Command, which summarized results of an Accident Investigation Board report.

The investigation doesn't implicate plane-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. or engine-maker General Electric; rather, it cites work performed by the 552nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron, based at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., as "a substantially contributing factor" in the crash.

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