On Nov. 4, a Dutch strafed a control tower on shooting range by mistake. It was not the first time such incident occurred. Island Vliehors
The plane was to attack a target located within the shooting range with its M61 Vulcan cannon but, in an unfortunate incident, the rounds hit a control tower, located 500 meters further. Fortunately the controllers in the tower were unharmed. The tower itself though did receive some damage.
The reason for the incident is unknown and a special commision will gather to investigate.
This is the second time that a friendly fire incident happened in Vliehors.
Back in 2001, a German Tornado did shoot at the control tower in very similar circumstances. Back in 1998, a Danish F-16 even sent a guided missile into the tower. Fortunately just one person was mildly injured.
No information on the RNlAF F-16 involved is available. The Dutch Vipers are stationed in Volkel andbases. Since the latter one is undergoing some works, the local F-16s were relocated to the southern airbase.
Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist
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