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.