Everyone went quiet, WLUK-TV Fox 11 reported, after an F-16 military jet overshot the end of a runway and crashed in the grass during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, late last week. After flying with the Alabama Air National Guard, the F-16 landed at 11:00 a.m., but couldn't slow down enough to stop before the runway came to an end.
"It wasn't slowing down," Chris McCartin of Melbourne, Australia, told WLUK-TV. It was going so fast -- another bystander, a pilot, predicted the plane was moving at about 70 miles an hour as it approached the runway -- that it looked like the pilot planned to take off again. When he didn't, the plane nosedived into the ground, with the engine scooping up piles of dirt as the entire F-16 kept moving forward.
The pilot was taken to a hospital, but walked away unharmed. While the main runway at EAA was shut down, the show continued as scheduled. Now, the Air Force is investigating the crash, which could have been caused by just about anything, from pilot error to a mechanical malfunction.
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