posted on Dec, 14 2016 @ 12:44 PM
I had to look up the throttle to understand how it rotates. Basically, all fighter type jets will have an idle stop, so you can effectively jam the
throttle back to idle and it will stop. Most have some sort of mechanism to further retard the throttle to sub-idle or off. The Tomcat, for
instance, had to have the throttles move outboard, one engine at a time, in order to shut off the motors. IIRC, the T-45 Goshawk was similar. Move
throttle aft until it stops (at idle), then push it outboard and then backwards to shut off.
Sounds like the F-16 has a pinky switch that allows the throttle to rotate, then move aft to the off position. If the pinky switch is stuck, then the
throttle could rotate at any time, allowing the throttle to be moved further back than it should go, which would shut down the motor. Depending upon
altitude and airspeed, you may not have enough time for a relight, once you discover that your engine is no worky.
Glad he made it out OK. It's a bad finding to discover FOD in the switch. I would expect a potential redesign of the switch or the mechanism, along
with increased vigilance on FOD.