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June 29, 2008: Last April 9th, at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, two soldiers were driving a rented SUV about five kilometers from the part of the range used for live firing. It was at night, and an F-16 that thought it was firing at something in the live fire area, lit up the SUV instead [PHOTO]. The two soldiers survived, as did the SUV (sort of, it was hit six times). But until recently, nothing was heard about the F-16 pilot and how he managed to screw up. His name has not been revealed, but some information has surfaced.
The pilot, and the aircraft, were from the 388th Fighter Wing, which is stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The 388th was one of the first units to receive the F-16, back in 1979, and currently has about 70 Hill AFB. The 388th helps run the Utah Test and Training Range, where the SUV incident took place.
The SUV was hit because the pilot, during a night training exercise, was momentarily distracted while closing in on a target about 2.5 kilometers from where the SUV was moving down a road. Only 70 20mm rounds were fired. Fortunately, the two people in the SUV were only injured (both from flying glass, the passenger got a dislocated shoulder as he rapidly exited the vehicle when it quickly turned off the road and stopped.)
A Norwegian fighter jet on a training exercise has mistakenly opened fire on a control tower with three officers inside, the military says.
Two F-16s were taking part in a mock attack on the uninhabited island of Tarva off Norway's west coast when one of them opened fire with its M61 Vulcan cannon, which is capable of firing up to 100 rounds a second.
A hail of shells hit the tower in the incident, which happened on the night of April 12, but the officers inside were not injured.