A Norwegian fighter jet on a training exercise has mistakenly machine-gunned a control tower with three officers inside, who survived unhurt, 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 bullets hit the tower in the incident, which happened on the night of April 12, but the officers inside were not injured.
“An investigation has been opened,” said Captain Brynjar Stordal, a spokesman for the Norwegian military.
In a similar incident in 2009, F-16s fired in error on the same tower, with at least one round piercing the structure, but again no-one was injured.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force (Luftforsvaret) was one of the four initial European Participating Air Forces and ordered a total of 74 F-16A/B aircraft. Of these, 56 were updated under the MLU program. Norwegian F-16s will be replaced in 2015, with the most likely candidates being the F-35 Lightning II and the Eurofighter Typhoon. @f-16.net