Pilot jettisons fuel tanks in order to make safe landing in Orangeburg Co.

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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Air Force officials say an F-16 fighter pilot had to jettison two external fuel tanks over an unpopulated area in Orangeburg County in order to make a safe landing on Wednesday.

Shaw Air Force Base officials say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. when a 20th Fighter Wing F-16C pilot was on a training mission and experienced an in-flight emergency.

"After following checklist procedures, the pilot jettisoned two 370-gallon external fuel tanks over an unpopulated area near North, South Carolina," officials said.

According to officials, jettisoning the fuel tanks allowed the pilot to make a safe landing at the North Auxiliary Airfield.

"We're very happy that no one was hurt and that the pilot was able to land safely," said Col. William Jones, 20th Fighter Wing vice commander.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

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