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An investigation is underway after a U.S. Air National Guard F-15D skidded off the runway and into an irrigation canal while landing at an Oregon airfield, leaving its pilot with minor injuries.

The May 15 incident occurred during a routine training mission around 3:15 p.m. PDT at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. The jet is assigned to the Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing.

“Upon landing the aircraft left the paved surface and came to a stop in the Bureau of Reclamation irrigation canal at the south side of the runway,” the 173rd Wing said in a statement.

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The pilot, who is an instructor, was able to walk away from the mishap and was transported to a local medical facility as a precaution and for evaluation.

Following the incident, efforts were made to minimize the potential environmental impact, Air Force officials said.

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“We don’t believe the aircraft is leaking any petroleum products based on our initial assessment of the water in the canal,” Colonel Micah Lambert, 173rd Fighter Wing vice commander, said in a statement. “Minimizing the environmental impact is one of our main priorities; we have taken precautionary measures and placed absorbent booms around the aircraft to prevent the flow of fuel, or other substances, downstream in the event there is a leakage.” 

The Air Force is working with local and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation, to remove the aircraft from the canal. A team of officers has been assigned to investigate the incident.

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