The Aviation Police and the Koninklijke Marechaussee launched an investigation into the crash of a Swiss F-5 jet in the Frisian village of Bitgum on Thursday afternoon. The plane came down after colliding with another jet midair. The pilot managed to get to safety with his ejection seat, but injured both ankles. The second plane made a successful emergency landing
Dutch fighter jets were involved in ten different bombing missions against ISIS military targets last week, including locations in Syria. It is the first time the Netherlands permitted Dutch F-16s to join missions in Syria.
The Russian radar images of flight MH17 do not show a fighter jet. That is the conclusion of four experts in the field of radar and air traffic control, NOS reports. Shortly after the disaster Moscow suggested that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian SU-25, based on radar images.
Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK-air missile, according to Russian aircraft expert Vladimir Babak, Het Parool reports.
Two teams of two Netherlands military F-16 fighter jets took part in missions over Iraq this past weekend. It marks the first Dutch mission in the country's involvement in an international fight against ISIS, the separatist movement and rogue army fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Two F-16 fighter jets were ordered to intercept a small private jet after it was piloted over Utrecht province Tuesday evening. The military jets were scrambled when the Learjet failed to respond to air traffic control radio communications, the Defence ministry announced.
The U.S. Department of Defense is once again allowing F-35 fighter jets back in the air after a fire on one of the airplanes halted the programme. The Netherlands, which has two test units of the Joint Strike Fighter, had followed the U.S. in grounding the aircraft.