The plane crashed at 09.55 hours local time. The pilot safely ejected right after flames were seen at the rear end of the jet. The F-16 went down in the Northwest Valley, in a farm field near Loop 303 and Indian School Road. The accident occured shortly after the jet took off from Luke AFB for a two-ship training mission. The pilot, 26-year-old Captain Jason Attaway, ejected safely. An explosion of the Pratt & Whitney engine was blamed for the crash.
My third and final active duty jet, and of all three, my favorite. This bird was the first F-16 to break 4,000 flying hours, which is really cool. The true honor goes to Ron Turner, my DCC and still a good friend.