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Board determines F-15E fire causes

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- An accident investigation board recently determined an F-15E Strike Eagle engine stall and fire Feb. 12 was caused by several factors.

Factors include operating the engine in secondary mode, a reduced stall margin and a high fuel-flow rate into the engine.

The F-15E, assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, experienced a left engine fire on take-off. The aircraft was No. 2 of a two-ship training formation conducting a basic surface attack mission. The aircraft safely landed and there were no injuries.

The fire was confined to the engine causing approximately $1.2 million in damage to engine components. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Service)