F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1989

Found 34 aircraft, displaying 16-30 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
06 Jun 1989 [w/o] 685 80-3685 RNoAF 331 skv F-16A Block 15M Details
Destroyed on the ground in a fire at Bodø AB, Norway
28 Jun 1989 [w/o] 79398 79-0398 USAF 161 TFTS F-16A Block 10B Details
Crashed near Fall River, Kansas. Student was on basic fighter maneuvers and exceeded limiters and F-16 lost control. The pilot ejected and survived.
13 Jul 1989 [w/o] FB-06 78-0167 BAF 350 sqn F-16B Block 1 Details
Crash occurred near Hurtebise (near St. Hubert), Belgium. The crew of two, Lieutenant Dirk Creupelandt and Major Gommaire Van Beneden, both ejected safely
16 Aug 1989 [w/o] 82954 82-0954 USAF 309 TFS F-16A Block 15L Details
Lightning struck the aircraft near the centerline tank. The resulting fire forced the pilot to eject near Homestead AFB, Florida just short of the runway.
04 Sep 1989 [w/o] 84712 81-0910 PAF 38 TW F-16A Block 15Q Details
During a night sortie and a few minutes after take-off from Sargodha AB, the wingman informed his lead - Sqn.Ldr. Zafar Ahsan - and ground control that he is disoriented. They tried to help by repeatedly telling him to concentrate on the instruments but he crashed a few miles from Sarghoda, killing the pilot.
05 Sep 1989 [w/o] FA-105 87-0049 BAF 2 sqn F-16A Block 15AA OCU Details
Destroyed at Ørland AFB, Norway, after being 'borrowed' by a ground crew member. The aircraft was stolen by a member of the ground crew and the aircraft crashed on a farm in the neighbourhood of the village Brekstad, close to Ørland AFB. The 28 year-old military took, in absence of his colleagues and pilots, control over the aircraft, started the engine and took off, to the surprise of the Norwegian crews. Five miles from the base he crashed after being airborne for 2 minutes and 5 seconds.
14 Sep 1989 [w/o] 81671 81-0671 USAF 186 FIS F-16A Block 15C Details
Impacted the ground in Arizona near the boarder of New Mexico. The aircraft was on temporary alert detachment at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. Pilot ejected safely.
15 Oct 1989 [w/o] 87369 87-0369 USAF 302 TFS F-16D Block 32F Details
Crashed at Carswell AFB, Texas while doing a mock airfield attack. Three B-52's on the ground were slightly damaged. Both crew were killed. The front seat pilot was Captain Rob 'Pork' Tucker. The pilot in the back seat of the plane, Captain J. Bourne, was a pilot from VMFA-112. He was on an incentive flight, his first time to fly in a F-16. After doing a low pass over the runway at 350 to 400 knots, they intended to do a 90 degree bank, but instead did a 180 degree aileron role. This in turn was a very high "G" maneuver in which they slammed into the ground . The investigation determined G-lock. The plane disintegrated on impact between the runway and taxiway.
19 Oct 1989 [w/o] FA-12 78-0127 BAF 350 sqn F-16A Block 1 Details
Destroyed in a mid-air with F-16A (80-3545, FA-54) near Kirgirac, Turkey. The pilot, Captain Guy de Walsche, was killed
19 Oct 1989 [w/o] FA-54 80-3545 BAF 350 sqn F-16A Block 10D Details
Destroyed in a mid-air with F-16A (78-0127, FA-12) near Kirgirac, Turkey. The pilot, Cdt. Donald Vercaemst, was killed
25 Oct 1989 [w/o] FA-85 80-3576 BAF 23 sqn F-16A Block 15M Details
Fell out of the sky near Budel, Netherlands after suffering a birdstrike. Slt. Eric Bosmans ejected safely while on approach to Kleine Brogel AB.
Nov 1989 [w/o] 78002 78-0002 USAF 310 TFTS F-16A Block 1 Details
Engine turbine failed during a take-off roll sending pieces of the turbine blades through the fuel cell. Pilot aborted take off after seeing the fire light and shut down the engine. After the pilot opened the canopy and jumped out found the entire tail of the F-16 on fire. The aircraft was sent to depot but was never repaired.
Nov 1989 [act] 85557 85-1557 USAF 14 TFS F-16C Block 30B Details
Was restored to flyable status but suffered a blow out of the tail section due to a fire during a Cope Thunder exercise. The pilot - Lt. Rob Ray - dead-stick landed it. It took 8 months to repair. Rumors were the aft section of a previously damaged block 40 was used to replace the tail of this aircraft. It was later unofficially labeled a block 35.
17 Nov 1989 [w/o] 83082 83-1082 USAF 308 TFS F-16A Block 15Q Details
Destroyed near Homestead AFB, Florida. The pilot, Captain Anthony Montecalvo, ejected safely.
12 Dec 1989 [act] 388 87-1683 IDFAF 110 sqn F-16C Block 30C Details
The jet was hit by shrapnell on the right side of the tail during an attack over Lebanon. The shrapnell made the right stab coming lose from the aircraft. The pilot was able to land the airframe with a trail of red hydraulic fluid coming from the aircraft's right side. The repair too several months to complete.

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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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