F-16 releases fuel tanks into Great Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An F-16 pilot from Hill Air Force Base made an emergency landing Friday after releasing two external fuel tanks into the Great Salt Lake.

Hill officials say the pilot landed safely after dropping the 443 pound fuel tanks in an unpopulated area about three miles north of Antelope Island.

Base officials say the plane's sensors indicated a fire condition shortly after the plane took off.

F-16 releases fuel tanks into Great Salt Lake

Emergency response teams are searching for the fuel tanks, which can carry up to 370 gallons of fuel. The tanks were about two-thirds full when they were released.

An investigation is under way to determine what caused the plane's problems.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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