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Report: Blocked oil line led to Wis. F-16 crash


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A U.S. Air Force report says a clogged oil line led to engine failure in a fighter jet that crashed in south-central Wisconsin this summer.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16C Falcon crashed into a vacant Adams County vacation home during air-to-air combat exercises on June 7. The pilot ejected safely before impact.

The Air Force's Air Combat Command released a full investigative report on Friday.

The report concluded an oil line feeding an engine gear box was blocked with debris. Investigators found a chunk of Teflon in the line. They also found beads consistent with the type used to sand-blast the gear box during a spring overhaul.

The report noted the plane was worth about $25.7 million.

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