A National Guard F-16 Fighter Jet Has Crashed in Louisiana
The General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is the most prolific jet fighter in the world. Organizations and militaries across the globe use this tested and true multi-role airframe for a variety of applications. One of those organizations is the Oklahoma National Guard. Although this bird is about as reliable as they come, they aren't immune from crashing. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened in Southwest Louisiana this week.
According to U.S. News and World Report, an F-16 belonging to the Oklahoma National Guard crashed in a wooded area in Southwest Louisiana. The exact area is classified to protect investigators from lookie-loos trying to take a peek at the wreckage. Luckily, the pilot was able to eject before the plane hit the ground. Reportedly, Maj. Alexander Drummond (mission commander of the Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard) had no major injuries as a result of the crash and is expected to make a full recovery. Maj. Drummond was reportedly conducting a training mission at the time.
No major damage was caused by the multi-million dollar aircraft's crash either. According to the statement, the plane came down in a wooded area and no injures were reported. A full investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.