F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accidents & Mishaps for the United States Air Force

Found 501 aircraft, displaying 151-165 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
31 Oct 1990 [act] 83123 83-1123 USAF 3247 TS F-16C Block 25 Details
Suffered a structural failure during a flight test (flutter tests) from Eglin AFB, Florida. The test was to assess the structural integrity of the F-16 while carrying a load of 6 AMRAAM's. The aircraft was flying inverted at 2,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico with an airspeed of Mach 1.2. The pilot noticed a serious problem with the aircraft and rolled it back to level flight, but experienced a very hard time to keep it levelled. The left flaperon was sticking up like a sharp fin in the airflow and rudder was also missing from the aircraft. The pilot, Captain Joseph A. Lanni, gained control of the aircraft and checked its controllability. Captain Lanni brought the aircraft back to Eglin AFB with no further problems, mainly because he was already lined up with the runway and the fact that the chase-plane (F-4) pilot kept telling him to stick with it. The pilot had to keep 25 lbs of constant pressure to the stick to keep the aircraft straight. The aircraft was repaired afterwards. Maintainers believe the rudder imploded from delamination since they never found a piece of it anywhere. The jet tried to kill the same pilot 3 more times after this event - 2 sudden decompressions at altitude and when the right flaperon did the same thing, only this time tore off and smashed into the stabilator. The pilot put it down at Tyndall AB every time.
10 Jan 2002 [w/o] 83133 83-1133 USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 25A Details
Crashed in a heavily wooded area near a highway at Warren Grove Weapons Training Range, New Jersey. Major Robert G. McNally ejected safely.
29 Jan 1997 [w/o] 83134 83-1134 USAF 61 FS F-16C Block 25A Details
The aircraft crashed on the Barry M. Goldwater range 2.5 miles from Gila Bend, Arizona after suffering a bird strike. The pilot, Capt. Robert Churchill, ejected safely at 15:10 hours.
31 Aug 2000 [w/o] 83138 83-1138 USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 25A News Article Details
The pilot, Major David G. Haar, ejected safely at 1,700 feet over the Atlantic one mile off the coast of Brigantine, New Jersey. The aircraft had engine problems at 15:40 hours, while on a flight of four aircraft. The pilot was picked up by a police boat and transferred to a Coast Guard ship. At 16,000 feet the pilot felt vibrations and immediate deceleration. The cause was a failure and subsequent liberation of a turbine blade from the 3rd stage of the turbine section resulting in damage to the oil system.
01 Sep 1992 [w/o] 83139 83-1139 USAF 314 FS F-16C Block 25A Details
Crashed onto the Barry M. Goldwater range, Arizona. Aircraft experienced an engine failure due to FOD while participating in an ACM IUT sortie. The aircraft was flown by Capt. Eddie "Lizzard" Moran USMC, an F/A-18 pilot on exchange to the USAF. The engine had just been reinstalled in the airframe after returning from a civilian contractor located in Texas. This was the second flight after the installation. The first flight was flown by a student on an instrument training sortie. A tool was left inside the shroud that protects the levers that control the variable compressor blades.
15 May 2007 [act] 83148 83-1148 USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 25B AIB Report Details
Released some flares during an exercise. The flares were deployed below the minimum AGL and started a fire on the test range which eventually consumed up to 18,000 acres and destroying four houses.
25 Jul 1987 [w/o] 83149 83-1149 USAF 33 TFS F-16C Block 25B Details
Crashed somewhere in Jordan.
04 Sep 1990 [w/o] 83151 83-1151 USAF 33 TFS F-16C Block 25B Details
Wingman observed fire coming out of engine during a training sortie. The pilot, Capt. Richard Setzer, was forced to eject. The pilot safely ejected over the Saudi Arabian Peninsula (Abu Dhabi). It was a pre-war loss and wreckage was recovered in attempt to find spare parts, but "none" were usable.
20 Apr 2005 [act] 83159 83-1159 USAF 134 FS F-16C Block 25B News Article Details
Came in to low for landing and struck some runway lights which caused the main landing gear to collapse. Colonel Douglas Fick stayed with the aircraft and was uninjured. The landing happened in severe weather conditions which made the pilot to abort two consequent landing attempts. Trying for a third attempt, he came in too low.
17 Jun 2004 [act] 83161 83-1161 USAF 61 FS F-16C Block 25B News Article Details
Belly landed at Luke AFB. Extremely minor damage, repaired quickly.
11 Apr 2006 [w/o] 83164 83-1164 USAF 62 FS F-16C Block 25B News Article Details
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.
21 Mar 2001 [i/a] 83169 83-1169 USAF 40 FLTS F-16B Block 15Q AIB Report Details
Aircraft suffered a class A mishap when it ingested a pelican at Eglin AFB and the motor shelled out. The aircraft landed safely at Duke Auxiliary Field and fire broke out. Both pilots managed to walk away without injury but aircraft had major fire damage. The aircraft is now being used on the test range at Eglin AFB, Florida.
01 Jul 1994 [w/o] 83173 83-1173 USAF 182 FS F-16B Block 15S Details
Crashed at about 10:20 hours some 100 miles from Kelly AFB, Texas at the Crystal Military Operating Area after a bird strike. The incident was during a training mission. Both crew ejected safely and where treated for minor injuries.
20 Sep 1999 [w/o] 83179 83-1179 USAF 61 FS F-16D Block 25A Details
Crashed through the fence at the end of the runway at Luke AFB, Arizona. Overshot the runway after touchdown. Sheared the nose and undercarriage off. The aircraft landed without battery power, so the tail hook nor the brakes operated. The pilot, Major Sharon J. Preszler, ejected safely.
16 Jan 2004 [act] 83184 83-1184 USAF 62 FS F-16D Block 25B News Article Details
Canopy inadvertently jettisoned. Damage was repairable.

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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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