Defense: More Trouble for the F-20

More Trouble for the F-20

There is never a good time for a jet fighter to crash, but the loss of an F-20 Tigershark jet in Labrador last week seemed particularly inopportune. The plane, en route to the Paris Air Show, had stopped over at Goose Bay airport; coming in from a practice flight, it suddenly nosed down during its landing approach, killing Pilot David Barnes, 40, as it plowed into the ground. The crash occurred the day before the annual stockholders meeting of Northrop Corp., which spent $800 million to develop the F-20 but has not been able to sell a single plane. The accident...

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