The same source says investigators with the Security Inspectorate found that one of the onboard cannons of the F-16 appears to have fired itself, and through some inexplicable mechanics the resulting bullet manages to hit the plane it was fired from.
NOS does not give any details on the physics of the incident, and other local media report that the investigators themselves are not sure as for how this was possible.
A photo released and published by NL Nieuws shows what appears to be shell damage on the body of the airplane. Fragments of ammunition are also said to have made it in the aircraft’s engine.
The investigation into the matter is still underway, but there’s no telling when its results will become available.
The first documented case of a jet airplane shooting itself down with its own bullets is that of the American F-11 Tiger. On September 21, 1956, the airplane was conducting a test flight off the coast of New York state. Its pilot, Tom Attridge, fired two bursts of the Colt Mk.12 20 mm cannons, then dived the plane and somehow managed to outspeed his own bullets. The plane was severely damaged, and so was the pilot, but he managed to survive.
F-16 boven Vlieland geraakt door eigen kogel.https://t.co/lNI49cxIKD— NL Nieuws (@NieuwsNu123) 4 aprilie 2019
De F-16 die in januari aanzienlijke schade opliep tijdens een oefening boven Vlieland blijkt geraakt te zijn door zijn eigen munitie. Zeker één afgevuurd patroon richtte schade aan aan de beplating van... pic.twitter.com/NS1a365oju