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Air Force F-16C Makes Emergency Landing at Ohio Base

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, sit on the flightline before an training sortie Sept. 17, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker)
F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, sit on the flightline before an training sortie Sept. 17, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker)

DAYTON, Ohio — An Air Force base spokesman says an F-16C fighter jet had to make an emergency landing in Ohio because of a hydraulic leak.

The Dayton Daily News reports the jet landed safely Tuesday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Base spokesman Bryan Ripple told the newspaper that the jet was one of two from the Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing that landed at the base shortly after 10 a.m.

Firefighters were standing by near the main runway as a precaution when the jet landed. Ripple said that is the normal procedure for any in-flight emergency declared by a pilot.

The fighter wing is a unit of the Ohio Air National Guard.

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