Air Guard Fighter Crashes Near Madison Airport; Pilot OK
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ An Air National Guard fighter jet ran off the end of a runway and burst into flames Wednesday after its pilot was unable to stop the craft and ejected. The pilot survived.
The single-seat F-16 experienced problems on a training mission and the pilot was trying to land it at Dane County Regional Airport, said Capt. David Olson, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Tactical Fighter Wing.
A cockpit instrument indicated an engine problem, Olson said. Airport workers raised a cable designed to snag the plane by its tail hook, but that failed. The plane ran into a restraining barrier a short distance past the south end of the runway.
Damage on the ground was contained to the plane. With crowded roads and a technical college nearby, ″it could have been much worse,″ police spokeswoman Dorothy Doheny said.
The pilot, Michael Wahlin, 27, of Stoughton, was taken to a hospital for injuries including broken bones.