F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1989




Found 34 aircraft, displaying 31-34 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
18 Dec 1989 [w/o] 84263 84-1263 USAF 496 TFS F-16C Block 25D Details
Collided with F-16C (#84-1293) over Maxdorf, Germany. One pilot, First Lieutenant Steve 'Sunny' Sundstrom (in 84-1293) died, the other pilot, Major Rodd Kallman ejected safely. Both were engaging F-15s in BFM when in their final engagement they 'bellied' each other trying to pursuit the same F-15. Lack of situational awareness was the cause of this collision. Both aircraft crashed around 16:12 hours. Lt. Sundstrom did eject, but the heavily shaking aircraft made the seat also to be heavily moving and getting entangled with the chute lines, which prevented it from deploying. The pilot wasn't able to disentangle himself before impact.
18 Dec 1989 [w/o] 84293 84-1293 USAF 496 TFS F-16C Block 25E Details
Collided with F-16C (#84-1293) over Maxdorf, Germany. One pilot, First Lieutenant Steve 'Sunny' Sundstrom (in 84-1293) died, the other pilot, Major Rodd Kallman ejected safely. Both were engaging F-15s in BFM when in their final engagement they 'bellied' each other trying to pursuit the same F-15. Lack of situational awareness was the cause of this collision. Both aircraft crashed around 16:12 hours. Lt. Sundstrom did eject, but the heavily shaking aircraft made the seat also to be heavily moving and getting entangled with the chute lines, which prevented it from deploying. The pilot wasn't able to disentangle himself before impact.
19 Dec 1989 [i/a] 87251 87-0251 USAF 36 TFS F-16C Block 30F Details
Belly landed but stayed on the runway. Pilot did not eject. Aircraft carried wing commanders markings. Minor repairs were made but the aircraft never flew again and went to Sheppard AFB, Texas. Cause of the mishap happened as follows. The centerline tank was installed prior to flight. Leak and transfer check where good, but the pilot did not close the IFR door. The pilot noticed fuel not transferring and punched off the full centerline tank. The F-16 came into view for landing powered by the EPU only and kept the gear up. When the aircraft touched down bright colored flames came from under the aircraft as it slid to a stop, but it did not catch fire.
26 Dec 1989 [w/o] 86300 86-0300 USAF 35 TFS F-16C Block 30D Details
Destroyed 23 miles off Kunsan AB, South Korea after suffering an engine malfunction which wasn't recoverable. The pilot, Captain Jeffrey Sturmthal, 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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