10 December 2003
BRUSSELS – The Belgian military jet accident that led to the death of a pilot was due to two F-16 fighter planes colliding, it was confirmed Wednesday.
The collision happened at 11.30am on Tuesday above the village of Havelange, near Marche-en-Famenne.
The body of 40-year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Ronny Vaerten was found in the debris of his cockpit, while 22-year-old Sub-Lieutenant Wouter Rombouts managed to eject from his aircraft before impact and was found strapped into his parachute and hanging from a tree. He is suffering from minor injuries.
Vaerten was one of the 10th tactical wing’s most experienced pilots. Questions are being asked as to why his ejector seat did not function.
Local residents told the crash above their village.
“I was putting up my Christmas tree when I heard an enormous boom – there was a fireball and then smoke in the air, one parachute came down,” Havelange resident Hubert Dumont told La Libre Belgique.
The village itself suffered only slight damage, with parts of the aircrafts’ fuselages falling on several roofs as well as the local school.
The F-16s took off from Kleine Brogel air force base in Limburg to practise a Forward Air Controller or FAC, a technique in which an air traffic controller guides pilots to their target.
The accident brings to four the number of fighter planes lost during exercises in Belgium in the past year. A total of 35 planes have been lost since the Belgian army acquired F-16s from the US in 1975, and at least 13 pilots have been killed.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Belgian news
Notes: UFOs REPORTED HERE
DEC. 9, 2003
|FILER'S FILES #52 DECEMBER 24, 2003|
HOOFDDORP – The eyewitness was walking his dog on December 8, 2003, at 9:15 PM, when he looked up and saw a big neon pink delta shape object. It had a light tail and it moved very fast and was silent, with a constant speed and it lasted for five seconds and suddenly disappeared. Thanks to Peter Davenport UFOcenter
|Occurred : 12/9/2003 20:00 (Entered as :
Reported: 12/9/2003 12:46:45 PM 12:46
Location: Emmen (Netherlands),
Duration:± 1 hour
|4 bright lights moving fast and slow ,
making circles, sometimes above and sometimes next to each other.
First I thought I saw a plane, but there where two. The lights were sometimes flashing and sometimes very bright. Then also sometimes you could almost not see them anymore and then suddenly they where very bright again. First there were two, but after about 50 minutes I saw 4 lights. They were going round in wide circles and left and right, sometimes they were above each other and then they were next to each other. Sometimes I thought I saw a red light (thats why I thought I saw just a plane), but the way these ufo's were flying was to stranges for a normal plane. And the light which flashed so bright was very stranges to. And when suddenly there were 4 of them (which I never saw before) and it looked like they were dancing in the sky.
Sometimes they moved fast and sometimes very slow and sometimes it looked as if they stood stil in the sky.
((NUFORC Note: We wonder whether the lights may have been part of an advertising display. PD))