SOUTH BURLINGTON - A Vermont Air National Guard F-16 jet made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from the Burlington International Airport at 7 a.m. Oct. 16.
According to an Air Guard spokesperson, the pilot experienced what were termed "thrust and power irregularities". By 7:13 a.m., the Guardsman declared an in-flight emergency.
To avert ditching in Lake Champlain, the pilot skillfully burned off the remaining fuel. He jettisoned two empty fuel tanks into the north end of the lake.
The jet touched down at 7:46 a.m. The pilot emerged safely from the cockpit and gave a thumbs up to his ground crew.