U.S. Air Force F-16 suffered extensive damage after a bird strike on approach to Lackland Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force F-16 suffered extensive damage after a bird strike on approach to Lackland Air Force Base
An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, has a close encounter with a large hawk during take-off (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet suffered extensive damage Thursday when it struck a bird as it was approaching Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, officials said.

According to the city’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs the F-16 Fighting Falcon was approaching the runway when a bird became lodged in the aircraft’s engine

The pilot landed the plane safely, but damage to the engine is estimated to be between $500,000 and $2 million.

The aircraft is part of the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing.

The military’s investigation into the incident will include a DNA test of the bird’s remains to determine its species.

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