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Air Guard Jet Crashes in Arizona

June 18, 1999

PHOENIX (AP) _ An Air National Guard F-16 crashed this morning during a training mission on the Goldwater bombing range south of Gila Bend. No one was hurt.

The pilot of the single-seat aircraft ejected safely, said guard spokesman Maj. Charles Roque. No other details about the 9:20 a.m. crash were immediately available.

The plane was part of the Tucson-based 162nd Fighter wing.

The Air National Guard just checked its fleet of F-16s after inspectors found a number of hairline cracks in the engines of F-16s at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. Three of the 81 air guard engines checked were cracked.

Similar cracks caused at least two F-16 crashes at Luke Air Force Base.

Six of Luke’s F-16s, which cost $20 million apiece, have crashed since October. There have been no deaths or serious injuries.

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