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Jet makes emergency landing, dumps tanks in Lake Champlain

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 report, the pilot experienced "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 fuel. He jettisoned two empty fuel tanks into the lake.

The jet touched down at 7:46 a.m. The pilot emerged safely from the cockpit and gave his ground crew a thumbs up.

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