Air Force F-16 crash lands at Eglin AFB, pilot not injured

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 40th Flight Test Squadron and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron fly over the Emerald Coast Dec. 6, 2012 (Courtesy photo)

An F-16 pilot managed to land safely on the flightline at Eglin Air Force Base despite an in-flight emergency on Thursday afternoon.

The aircraft landed on the runway, but the landing gear was not working at the time, according to a spokesperson from the base.

“The gear collapsed upon landing,” said Sharon Branick with the 96th Test Wing Public Affairs Office. “No one was hurt in the plane or on the ground.”

The pilot was not hurt during the incident but the plane is reportedly damaged. Details regarding the extent of damage to the aircraft were not immediately available.

The ground emergency landing is now under investigation by a safety board.

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