F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accidents & Mishaps for the




Found 65 aircraft, displaying 1-15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
10 Mar 1980 [w/o] J-216 78-0216 RNlAF TCA F-16A Block 1 Details
First foreign F-16 loss. Fatal crash in Ijsselmeer, near Stavoren in the Netherlands. The aircraft was practising on the Vliehors range. The pilot, Captain E.J.L. Kropman, was killed.
17 Jul 1981 [w/o] J-217 78-0217 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 1 Details
Aircraft was damaged beyond repair when it ran over the barrier at Leeuwarden AB, the Netherlands. The pilot, Lt. Filip Appeldorn, ejected safely and survived the accident. The mishap occurred during initial conversion training due to an engine problem. This was the first zero-zero ejection from an F-16
26 Apr 1983 [w/o] J-224 78-0224 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Crashed together with its sistership F-16A (78-0227, J-227) near Hoogeveen, Netherlands. The pilot, 2nd Lieutenant B. Van Winkel, did not survive the impact. Both aircraft were performing a close-in dogfight in dusk conditions and suffered what is known as Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT).
21 Mar 1983 [w/o] J-225 78-0225 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Crashed near Soltau, Germany after the pilot ejected safely
26 Apr 1983 [w/o] J-227 78-0227 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Crashed together with its sistership F-16A (78-0224, J-224) near Hoogeveen, Netherlands. The pilot, Captain J.B. Huisman, did not survive the impact. Both aircraft were performing a close-in dogfight in dusk conditions and suffered what is known as Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT).
11 Sep 1997 [sto] J-228 78-0228 RNlAF 312 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Ran into trees after failing to clear a ridge during a low-level training flight in the Churchill River valley , 55nm southwest of Goose Bay. Structural damage to the wings and fuselage was the result. The aircraft recovered safely at Goose Bay. It is supposed to return to the Netherlands for instructional use. This F-16 was scheduled for retirement anyway
20 Oct 1981 [w/o] J-233 78-0233 RNlAF 323 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Crashed in Waddenzee, Netherlands which is near Ameland. The pilot ejected safely
03 Jun 1981 [w/o] J-237 78-0237 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
An engine problem brought down this aircraft in Lauwersmeer, Netherlands. The pilot managed to eject safely
18 Dec 1992 [pre] J-238 78-0238 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 10 Details
Departed the runway during a landing. The aircraft rolled over injuring the pilot, who ejected. He was attempting to land at Leeuwarden AB. This was the second crash of this airframe.
29 Apr 1982 [act] J-238 78-0238 RNlAF TCA F-16A Block 10 Details
The aircraft skidded off the runway and landed on its left-hand side. The pilot ejected before the ditch, but the nose section was seriously damaged.
17 Nov 1986 [w/o] J-244 78-0244 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 10A Details
Crashed into the North Sea near Ameland, Netherlands. The pilot, Bas Pellemans ejected safely and was rescued.
04 Oct 1983 [w/o] J-252 78-0252 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 10B Details
Ran off the runway at Leeuwarden AB. The pilot, Captain J.C. De Vries, was unfortunately killed in the incident. The accident resulted from the ingestion of a heron into the engine at high speed during a heavy weight take-off roll. Since the hook system did not function correctly, the arrestor cable was missed and the aircraft left the end of the runway with a speed of approximately 100kts. Immediately thereafter it overturned and came across a ditch which tore off the nose gear and the nose section. When the aircraft came to a halt, everything ahead of the fuel tank was gone
15 Dec 2000 [sto] J-256 78-0256 RNlAF 312 sqn F-16A Block 10C Details
Damaged when the nosewheel collapsed during taxiing out of the dispersal.
10 May 1990 [w/o] J-258 78-0258 RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 15 Details
Collided in mid-air with F-16A (84-1358, J-358) thirteen kilometres west of Grand Lake, Canada. The aircraft were flying out of Goosebay. The pilot of this aircraft, Capt. Rein "Snatch" Sneek, ejected safely
21 Dec 1993 [pre] J-260 78-0260 RNlAF 323 sqn F-16B Block 1 Details
Ran off the runway at Leeuwarden AB. The two member crew survived. The aircraft is now on display at the Depot Mechanisch Vliegtuigmaterieel en Straalmotoren (Mechanical Aircraft Material and Jet Engine Depot) which is at Woensdrecht AB

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Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available



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