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Nellis F-16 crashes on approach to test range

3/13/2007 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNEWS)  -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 16th Weapons Squadron from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School here crashed Feb. 12 at 8:50 p.m. near the end of the runway while on approach to the Tonopah Test Range Airfield, approximately 20 miles southeast of Tonopah, Nev.

The pilot ejected safely and there were no reports of any injuries or damage to property on the ground.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The aircraft was flying a night training mission over the restricted Nevada Test and Training Range.

Tonopah Test Range Airfield is approximately 212 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base.

The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and designed for both air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

The U.S. Air Force Weapons School is the Air Force's graduate-level pilot training program.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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