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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:35 pm | Updated: 3:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

WICKENBURG — A U.S. Air Force spokesman says an F-16 fighter was forced to make an emergency landing at a municipal airport northwest of Phoenix on Thursday after its engine failed.

Luke Air Force Base spokesman Justin Oakes says the two-person crew of the jet were unhurt after what he termed a "hard landing" at the Wickenburg Municipal Airport about 40 miles northwest of Phoenix. The Air Force base in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale is the world's largest F-16 training base.

Oakes says the jet came in short of the runway but damage to the aircraft hasn't yet been determined. A cause of the engine failure will be investigated.

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