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Jordan blames technical flaws for all 3 F-16 crashes this year
At least three F-16 multi-role fighters have crashed in Jordan in 2008.
In all the crashes, the air force said it suspected technical faults.
"Hamzah Abbadi died when the Royal Air Force F-16 fighter crashed at
1015 GMT during training," an air force statement said.
In January 2008, two F-16s crashed in training missions in Jordan. The
air force, which plans to expand its F-16 fleet to 70, reported the killing
of four pilots.
Jordan has a fleet of about 50 F-16A/B fighters. Most of the fighters
were supplied by the United States over the last decade.
In 2007, Jordan concluded deals for more than a dozen F-16s with Belgium
and the Netherlands. Unlike the U.S. surplus aircraft, the European F-16s
had undergone a mid-life upgrade by Lockheed Martin.