Air Force jet in exercise hits control antenna
An Air Force fighter jet hit a control antenna while attempting to land during an exercise last year, officials said Friday.
They said a KF-16D fighter, based at an Air Force base in Seosan, about 280 kilometers south of Seoul, clipped the top of the antenna of a ground-based control tower during a nighttime drill on Aug. 29 last year.
Officials said the incident involving the control tower, used for civilian aircraft, led to no casualties, injuries or inconveniences to passengers in the area.
According to the Air Force, two pilots, a major and a first lieutenant, lowered the jet while following the warning lights at the far end of the runway, when they should have tried to land on the guiding lights at the starting point of the runway.
The Air Force suspended the major in November from flying for three months, and slapped the first lieutenant and a lieutenant colonel, the pilots' commanding officer, with warnings.
An official said the Air Force will try to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents. (Yonhap)