RSAF F-16 jet makes emergency landing at Changi Airport due to malfunction

RSAF F-16´s preparing to scramble. Credit: Luhai Wong / Wikimedia Commons

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16 fighter jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Changi Airport (SIN) after experiencing a malfunction shortly after 12 pm local time on November 14, 2023.  

The F-16, which was on a routine mission, encountered an issue that resulted in a deflated tire upon touchdown.  

In a statement on Facebook, the RSAF confirmed the malfunction and tire issue but did not elaborate on the nature of the incident.  

There were no injuries to personnel, including the pilot, the RSAF added.  

The affected jet was towed off the runway to allow for further inspection and repairs. This quick action helped to minimize the impact on Changi Airport’s operations.  

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) reported that Runway 3 was temporarily closed following the incident but reopened around 1:30 pm local time after safety checks were completed. 

During the temporary closure of the runway, no flights were diverted. However, according to the CAAS statement, around 74 flights experienced some delays, with an average delay of less than 30 minutes.  

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