F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1984

Found 22 aircraft, displaying 16-22 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
Jul 1984 [act] 82983 82-0983 USAF 388 TFW F-16A Block 15M Details
Blew a main landing gear tire upon landing with severe damage to the tail and nose. It was repaired and put back into service.
19 Sep 1984 [w/o] FB-16 80-3591 BAF 23 sqn F-16B Block 15D Details
Destroyed in a crash while flying over the Helchteren range, Belgium which killed both crew, Captain Henri De Wageneer and Slt. Dirk Ponsaerts.
25 Sep 1984 [w/o] 80477 80-0477 USAF 429 TFS F-16A Block 10B Details
It is speculated that Major Glenn Hessel had a heart attack during the flight. What is known is that his wing man, who was flying beside him, said that he was slumped over and was not responding to radio calls. Aircraft was in augmentor when it hit the ground. Squadron mates say he was very well liked in the unit.
13 Nov 1984 [w/o] 301 78-0301 RNoAF 332 skv F-16B Block 1 Details
Burnt out on the ground at Rygge AB, Norway. Just as power was increased for take-off a compressor blade came loose and shot up through the fuel tank creating a gaping hole. Fuel then drained into the engine causing a fire. A ladder was pushed up to the plane by ground crew and both pilots could step down unhurt. The F-16 virtually melted down before the fire was put out. One of the pilots was a USAF exchange pilot temporarily flying with the 332 sqn
21 Nov 1984 [w/o] 82959 82-0959 USAF 613 TFS F-16A Block 15L Details
Lost in a crash at Torres de la Alameda, Spain killing First Lieutenant Steve Vick
11 Dec 1984 [w/o] J-271 78-0271 RNlAF TCA F-16B Block 10C Details
Crashed near Grossfeldberg, Germany. Both crew members, Captain W.E. Van Nieuwenburg and 1st Lieutenant A.J. Vervoort, were killed in the accident.
14 Dec 1984 [act] E-185 78-0185 RDAF Esk 727 F-16A Block 5 Details
During approach to Skrydstrup AB the gear indicators showed "unsafe". The pilot, 2nd lieutenant P. Bergstrøm, passed the ATC tower and got a reply that the gear looked normal. A chase pilot also inspected the gear and found nothing wrong. The pilot elected "gear up", lowered them again and he got 3 green lights in the cockpit. After touch down the right main landing gear collapsed. As the pilot realized he was unable to keep the F-16 on the runway, he elected to use the ejectionseat, which went all right. The cause of the gear collapse was corrosion in a actuator in the right gear. This aircraft has the honour of being the first RDAF aircraft from which the pilot used the ejection seat that survived and went back to service. 2nd lieutenant P. Bergstrøm landed hard on the runway and was dragged about 100 yards down the runway before he managed to cut loose. The Air Base fire department tried to stop the engine, which was still running, by blowing foam into the air intake. This had no effect, and a fireman then crawled over the wing and cut off the engine. When the engine's RPM parsed 40% the Emergency Power Unit started and the engine was now running on hydrazine until a pilot arrived and shot down the EPU.

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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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