The United States Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15E fighter jet lost its canopy during flight. A safe emergency landing was carried out at Larissa Air Base.
The incident happened during a NATO exercise dubbed Operation Castle Ford.
According to local media, the F-15E lost its canopy over an unpopulated area of Kozani, western Macedonia, and sought permission for an emergency landing, local media reported.
Nobody was injured during the incident.
The F15E Strike Eagle of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, “lost its canopy over an unpopulated area in the vicinity of Livadi [village], an official with the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed in a statement to daily kathimerini.
“The aircraft landed safely at Larissa Air Base, Greece, and no one was injured. The incident was reported to the Hellenic Air Force and is currently under investigation,” the statement added.
“F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft are currently operating out of Larissa Air Base in support of Castle Forge, US Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa’s premier Agile Combat Employment exercise that brings NATO allies and components together to demonstrate a credible and reassuring presence in the Black Sea region,” the official said.
This is not the first time a fighter jet has lost its canopy during flight. Here is the list of incidents in which an aircraft have list canopy during flight:
- When an F-14 Pilot landed a tomcat without canopy – “I’VE LOST MY RIO”
- Unique Photo Shows German Air Force Pilot Who Landed MiG-29G Without Canopy
- A-10 emergency landing due to partial loss of the canopy
- Pilot Keith Hartley Flying Panavia Tornado with the canopy off at 500 knots
- Israeli F-15 Loses ENTIRE Canopy At 30,000 Feet, Pilots Make Emergency