F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1991




Found 40 aircraft, displaying 1-15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
08 Jan 1991 [w/o] 88483 88-0483 USAF 4 TFS F-16C Block 40C Details
The mishap occurred in the north-eastern part of Saudi Arabia at Night Camel West training area. Crashed killing the pilot, Captain Michael L. Chinburg, during a night training flight. It is believed to have been from spatial disorientation. Deployed for Desert Storm, but did not see any combat.
13 Jan 1991 [w/o] 79400 79-0400 USAF 138 TFS F-16A Block 10B Details
Lost in Saudi Arabia.
18 Jan 1991 [act] 79391 79-0391 USAF 138 TFS F-16A Block 10B Details
Shot up during Desert Storm by AAA on January 18, 1991. Damage was to the ECM pod and the the right wing. Spent a week in BDR before returning to flight a week later.
19 Jan 1991 [w/o] 87228 87-0228 USAF 614 TFS F-16C Block 30F Details
Shot down in Desert Storm from an SA-6. Combat loss number 10 in Desert Storm. The pilot, Captain Harry 'Mike' Roberts, ejected safely, but was taken prisoner. Aircraft was on a mission to attack the Air Defense Headquarters Building in Baghdad. Aircraft had flown 4 combat missions before being lost.
19 Jan 1991 [w/o] 87257 87-0257 USAF 614 TFS F-16C Block 30F Details
Pilot, Major Jeffrey Scott Tice ejected safely after travelling 150 miles inside Iraq, but became a POW as the ejection took place over Iraq. It was the 8th combat loss and the first daylight raid over Baghdad. The aircraft was struck by an SA-3 just south of Baghdad. Aircraft 86-0225 was brought in to replace this lost aircraft. Major Tice's aircraft aborted and 87-0257 was the spare for that day. Wreckage was later found by the US Marines who contacted the squadron to see what they wanted done with the aircraft as the aircraft was largely intact. Order was give to destroy the aircraft. Location of the crash site was in a section of Iraq that the US Marines had occupied. Most reports have the two losses of F-16's from this squadron switched on this date. Flew 4 missions before being written off.
21 Jan 1991 [w/o] 87224 87-0224 USAF 614 TFS F-16C Block 30F Details
An Mk. 84 bomb exploded as it left the aircraft on a strike mission over Kuwait. Pilot, Colonel John Ball, was able to fly the aircraft over water before ejecting. The US Navy rescued John out of the Persian Gulf water. John Ball was the 614th Director of Operations.
24 Jan 1991 [w/o] 78009 78-0009 USAF 184 TFG F-16A Block 1 Details
Collided with F-16A (80-0536), near Beaumont, Kansas. One of the pilots, Major Cary Carlin, was killed.
24 Jan 1991 [w/o] 80536 80-0536 USAF 184 TFG F-16A Block 10D Details
Collided with F-16A (78-0009), near Beaumont, Kansas. One of the pilots, Major Cary Carlin, was killed.
26 Jan 1991 [w/o] 81717 81-0717 USAF 171 FIS F-16A Block 15E Details
Crashed near Fairhaven, Michigan
28 Jan 1991 [w/o] 85423 85-1423 USAF 422 TES F-16C Block 25F Details
Crashed 75 miles north of Las Vegas, in the Nevada Desert. The pilot ejected safely. The crash was caused by an engine failure, specifically due to high time engine being installed in the jet to "get more hours out of it" before sending it to depot for major overhaul.
15 Feb 1991 [w/o] 84379 84-1379 USAF 17 TFS F-16C Block 25E Details
Crashed killing the pilot, Capt. Dale Thomas Cormier. Pilot was attempting to land at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates. It was a non-combat loss. Pilot took off on the evening of February 14, 1991 but exact confirmation of the time of loss needs to be determined. Some reports have the loss on February 16 which is not correct.
17 Feb 1991 [w/o] 84218 84-1218 USAF 17 TFS F-16C Block 25C Details
Had an engine fire coming off a target over Iraq. The pilot, Capt. Scott 'Spike' Thomas, ejected and was rescued.
20 Feb 1991 [w/o] 86329 86-0329 USAF 612 TFS F-16C Block 30E Details
Crashed at Diyarbakir, Turkey. Flamed out during refuelling, pilot ejected and was rescued.
27 Feb 1991 [act] 88495 88-0495 USAF 4 TFS F-16C Block 40C Details
Probably an SA-8 exploded near the left external tank area. Fragments from the SAM hit the lower left side of the intake, including right through the intake. The left wing had a 2x3 inch hole and the main wing root had damage underneith. Stabilizers were peppered as well as the exhaust tail feathers. Part of the radome was also sheared off, but that damage was done during the crash landing at Rafha, Saudi Arabia when the nose gear would not extend. Major Ed 'Spot' Schumacher was a pilot who was visiting from the Fighter Weapons School and had deployed to Desert Storm with the 4th TFS. The aircraft returned to Hill AFB in a crate from Dahrain AB.
27 Feb 1991 [w/o] 84390 84-1390 USAF 10 TFS F-16C Block 25F Details
Shot down during Desert Storm by SAM. The pilot, Capt. William Andrews, ejected and became a POW, but was released eight days later after the end of the war. Reportedly had been flying too low and hit by a SA-16. Awarded the Air Force Cross for preventing missile shooters from getting a wingman. A UH-60A (78-23015) was shot down trying to rescue the F-16 pilot. Five of its crew died while three where taken prisoner. The aircraft carried nose art at the time applied for the war. Art was a blond woman in a white bikini lying sideways on the right side of the aircraft below the canopy. Before the aircraft was destroyed it flew 43 combat missions.

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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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