Unable to become airborne at 09:05 hours, the aircraft ran into the localiser antenna array at the east end of Misawa AB's runway. The pilot, First Lieutenant Brice Simpson ejected, but landed in the flaming wreckage of the air plane, suffering serious burns. On September 17, the pilot died due to his injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The aircraft was based in Japan. The pilot aborted takeoff, but was unaware of the SAFE-BAR system which could have been deployed and caught by an aircraft's dropped tail hook. It was never known why the pilot aborted the takeoff.