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ARIZONA F-16 CRASH
Air Force investigation of F-16 fighter jet crash in suburban Phoenix blames pilots
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
A U.S. Air Force investigation into the June crash of an F-16 fighter at Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix blames the pilots for allowing the jet to lose altitude and airspeed after it hit birds on takeoff.
The plane crashed in a farm field, and the pilots were unhurt. They were not identified.
The report says the student pilot and instructor should've kept climbing straight ahead until they had enough airspeed to recover and return to the base.