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Eielson officials investigating 'mishap' involving F-16 on taxiway

KUAC file photo
An Eielson-based F-16 sits on the tarmac in September 2020 at Bethel Airport, where the jet had to land after declaring an in-flight emergency due to an engine malfunction on the way back from a training exercise. It's the same kind of jet involved in an incident last week on an Eielson taxiway.

Eielson Air Force Base officials are investigating a problem with an F-16 fighter jet that occurred last week. But they aren’t saying much about the incident.

Eielson’s public affairs office released a two-sentence statement Monday morning in response to questions about an incident involving an aircraft that reportedly occurred last week.

The statement confirmed that a “mishap” had occurred around 2 p.m. Wednesday involving an F-16 that was on a taxiway after returning to base following completion of a training mission.

The response added “There were no injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation.”

An Eielson spokesperson said in an email Monday afternoon that base officials aren’t releasing any more information about the incident at this time.

The F-16 was assigned to Eielson’s 18th Aggressor Squadron.

Tim Ellis has been working as a KUAC reporter/producer since 2010. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcast, print and online journalism.