F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1988




Found 33 aircraft, displaying 16-30 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
07 Jun 1988 [act] 81713 81-0713 USAF 159 FIS F-16A Block 15D Details
Lt. Commander Sam Carter was landing at Jacksonville IAP, Florida when two pigs ran across the runway in front of him. The pigs severed the left main landing gear and the pilot ejected, causing $487,000 in damage. 900 parts were replaced including all landing gear, speed brakes, horizontal stabilizers, the nose, canopy and most of the cockpit instrumentation. The jet flew again for the first time on 14 May 1989 with Lt. Commander Carter again at the controls. Shortly after the aircraft was fixed it was sent for ADF conversion.
29 Jun 1988 [w/o] 86247 86-0247 USAF 23 TFS F-16C Block 30C Details
Crashed near Merxzell-Burbach, Germany. It was the third crash in one day on German soil, and it stopped low level flying in that country from December onwards. The pilot, Captain Jack Friedman, ejected safely. The cause was determined as a failure of the no. 5 engine bearing. The aircraft was temporarily stationed at Baden-Baden AFB.
29 Jun 1988 [w/o] 84395 84-1395 USAF 313 TFS F-16C Block 25F Details
Collided with F-16C (#85-1401) over Bodenheim, Germany. One of the pilot ejects safely, however the other pilot was killed. Captain Bob McCormack ejected safely, while Captain Mike Crandall died in the mishap.
29 Jun 1988 [w/o] 85401 85-1401 USAF 313 TFS F-16C Block 25F Details
Collided with F-16C (#85-1395) over Bodenheim, Germany. One of the pilot ejects safely, however the other pilot was killed. Captain Bob McCormack ejected safely, while Captain Mike Crandall died in the mishap.
05 Jul 1988 [w/o] 300 78-0300 RNoAF 334 skv F-16A Block 15 Details
Destroyed in a crash at Mørsvikfjord, Norway. The pilot, Vincent Skjøstad, didn't survive the crash. He entered an unrecoverable dive after he came semi inverted over a ridge line and tried to avoid hitting a flock of sea gulls. This brought him into a steep dive which he was unable to pull out from. The flight recorder recorded a full nose up command from the time he rolled upright and until he impacted the water. They found multiple impact marks and remains of sea gulls on the fuselage. They recovered most of the wreckeage from the bottom of the sea. The cockpit area was suprisingly intact compared to the rest of the aircraft, and the seat was still left in the cockpit. However, the top of the seat was missing along with the parachute (probably released upon impact). The parachute has probably blossomed under the surface dragging the body with it. The harness holding him in place in the seat, was torn off from the impact force. They found one of his boots, one glove and his helmet on the ocean floor. But the man himself and the parachute was never found.
25 Jul 1988 [w/o] 84232 84-1232 USAF 19 TFS F-16C Block 25C Details
Crashed and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near Georgetown, South Carolina. Captain Paul Stone ejected safely and was released from the hospital the same night. Aircraft was participating in a combat exercise at the time.
02 Aug 1988 [w/o] 84221 84-1221 USAF 19 TFS F-16C Block 25C Details
Shortly after the pilot, Capt. Robert F. Weiland Jr. ejected the aircraft impacted an 803 foot radio tower. The F-16 hit the tower about 500 feet above the ground. Possibly the Shaw AFB jet that crashed causing injuries to two people on the ground. Aircraft was on a training mission.
01 Sep 1988 [w/o] 85414 85-1414 USAF 14 TFS F-16C Block 30 Details
Crashed near Iwate, Japan. The pilot was able to eject safely. A quill shaft between the main fuel pump and the Main Engine (Fuel) Control failed resulting in a flamed out engine that was unable to be restarted.
09 Sep 1988 [w/o] 79338 79-0338 USAF 72 TFTS F-16A Block 10 Details
Crashed off the coast of Sarasota, Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft was recovered by the Navy and was stored in Hanger 5 for a few years being pretty much intact. The corrosion (caused by the salt water) was terrible. May have been marked 72nd TFTS at the time.
13 Sep 1988 [act] 82966 82-0966 USAF 34 TFS F-16A Block 15M Details
The aircraft suffered an in-flight lightning strike while flying together with #82-0994. Although the FBW system was damaged and reduced to one channel, the aircraft made it back to base and was flying again soon after.
13 Sep 1988 [w/o] 82994 82-0994 USAF 34 TFS F-16A Block 15N Details
Crashed onto the Great Salt Lake, Utah. The aircraft suffered an in-flight lightning strike while flying together with 82-0966. The other F-16 recovered safely at Hill AFB, but was missing the horizontal stab and most of the ventral fin on one side. The airframe was never located since it sank through the lake bed and only small pieces were recovered. The pilot ejected safely.
13 Sep 1988 [w/o] 84249 84-1249 USAF 17 TFS F-16C Block 25D Details
Hit the ground near Sumter, South Carolina. The crash killed the man who owned the house that the jet hit
12 Oct 1988 [i/a] 84289 84-1289 USAF 496 TFS F-16C Block 25E AIB Report Details
Pilot landed aircraft short of runway at Hahn AB, Germany after an engine failure. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway and the pilot was able to egress by lifting the canopy from the damaged canopy frame. Pictures show that the jet was destroyed and it broke after the canopy section. But it nevertheless was repaired with parts of 3 other airframes and serves as a static now.
18 Oct 1988 [w/o] 86344 86-0344 USAF 613 TFS F-16C Block 30E Details
The aircraft suffered an engine failure. The pilot ejected from his F-16 near Incirlik, Turkey.
17 Nov 1988 [w/o] FA-15 78-0130 BAF 350 sqn F-16A Block 1 Details
Crashed near Beauvechain, Belgium after a bird strike. Pilot, Captain Louis Wolfs, ejected safely

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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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