SAS A340 From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5099 times:
A fighter pilot in Norway made a big ore huge mistake when he and he's college was on a training mission where they was supposed to hit a large oil tank but missed it by 1,5 km and firing with live rounds at it's own air control tower instead...four people where inside the tower,luckily most of the fire didn't hit the tower....Is this kind of mistake common ore easy to make?
Jgarrido From Guam, joined Mar 2007, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4800 times:
By control tower they must me some sort of forward air control station and not the actual ATC tower, right? It doesn't make sense that a their target would be that close to an actual ATC control tower.
A couple of years ago German Tornado accidentally hit the control tower of Vlieland Range in the Netherlands with its 27mm guns. 3-4 rounds hit the tower, but I don't recall anymore if anyone was hurt, nor whether they used live rounds.
Edit: Found an old Reuters News:
Amsterdam 23/1/01 15:48 UTC
A German Tornado jet fighter accidentally opened fire on a Dutch military flight tower during a routine training mission, the Dutch defence ministry says.
No-one was injured in the insident at the North Sea island of Vlieland, although 3 people were in the tower which was hit by 7 27mm rounds fired from the aircrafts wing cannon.
A Defence ministry spokesman said "The cause of the incident is not immediately clear"
He added the tower was struck about midway up, below the glass enclosed area where the 3 people were working.