Dutch F-16 Shoots Down… Itself

first published on April 9, 2019 by

A Dutch F-16 fighter jet somehow managed to shoot itself with the Vulcan 20mm rotary cannon and was forced to make an emergency landing back in January.


According to reports, the F-16 aircraft was conducting a training mission when it fired a burst and then flew into the path of its own rounds.

“This is a serious incident. We therefore want to fully investigate what happened and how we would be able to avoid this in future,” Dutch Inspector-General Wim Bagerbos was quoted saying in a National Interest article.

Although this is an extremely rare occurrence, it has happened before. In 1956 a test pilot flying an F11F Tiger executed an attack dive from 20,000 feet down to 7,000 feet while firing his 20mm cannon. During the maneuver he managed to shoot his own aircraft in a similar fashion.