F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1996

Found 23 aircraft, displaying 16-23 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
04 Sep 1996 [act] 89144 89-2144 F-16C Block 40H Details
A tire burst on take-off from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and engaged the barrier. Damage to the nose, fuselage bottom, undercarriage and speed brakes. It is expected to be repaired. Pilot was OK.
19 Sep 1996 [act] J-139 85-0139 RNlAF 323 sqn F-16A Block 15X Details
Collided in a mid-air with a Sea Harrier FA.2 (ZD580/'710') from the Royal Navy off the Dorset coast over the English Channel near Portland. Both aircraft recovered safely at Yeovilton. Damage caused to the F-16 was loss of a part of the port stabiliser, and the Harrier lost its radome. The F-16 was repaired. Both aircraft went to the FSAU at Yeovilton for investigation where the F-16 stayed for a couple weeks. The Royal Navy Sea harrier was at Yeovilton till October 22nd, 1996 before being moved to RAF St Athan were it was in storage. In September of 2001 it was taken BAE Systems Warton for repair assessment. The Harrier was decided not to be repaired and went back into storage at RAF St Athan and was sold to a private dealer in September of 2002.
22 Sep 1996 [act] E-190 78-0190 RDAF Esk 723 F-16A Block 10 Details
The aircraft suffered a birdstrike but was repaired.
08 Oct 1996 [w/o] 91-0023 91-0023 TuAF 192 Filo F-16D Block 40J News Article Details
Crashed into the Aegean Sea nine miles off the island of Chios during a routine flight. It was part of a flight of four F-4's and two F-16's. Just prior to the mishap two Mirage 2000's intercepted them. One of two person crew was rescued but the other is missing. According to an official report, the TUAF formation had illegaly violated Hellenic airspace and so was intercepted by 2 HAF Mirage 2000EG (331sqn, 114FW, Tanagra AB). The 2 TUAF F-16s evidently denied to comply and started agressive maneuvers against the HAF Mirage 2000EG. During the engagment that followed, one of the HAF Mirage 2000EG (piloted by Lt. Grivas) fired a Magic IR missile. As a result a TUAF F-16D (#91-0023) was shot down. Immediately the second TUAF F-16 paused the engagment and escaped to the east in order to return to international air space. The first pilot (Capt. Nail Erdogan) was killed while the second pilot (Lt. Col. Osman Cıceklı) ejected safely. The downed pilot was rescued 30 min. after shot down by a HAF AB-205 SAR helo (from 358th search and rescue squadron). The pilot received immediate medical care and returned a few days later to Turkey with a HAF C-130 flight. At first the incident was kept secret for obvious purposes and both countries (Greece and Turkey) officialy adopted a mechanical failure as the main cause of the accident. In 2003 the Greek Minister of Defence, Mr. Giannos Papantoniou, stated in public that the incident of Oct. 8th, 1996, that led to the loss of the TUAF F-16D was a result of the immediate action that was taken by HAF fighters during an interception against TUAF fighters violating Greek airspace.
22 Nov 1996 [w/o] 82020 82-1020 USAF 184 FS F-16A Block 15P Details
Crashed about 15 miles north of Tulsa at Skiatook, Oklahoma during a training sortie from its home base at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The pilot ejected safely but suffered only minor injuries.
22 Nov 1996 [act] E-597 80-3597 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 15 Details
The main undercarriage retracted just after touchdown during a touch and go exercise. The aircraft slid for 5,000 feet on its two wing tanks, and stopped still on the runway. The pilot stayed with the aircraft, and the aircraft had minor damage, which will be repaired. Damage was to wing tanks, main gear doors, ventral fins and elevators. The aircraft crashed at Skrydstrup.
27 Nov 1996 [w/o] 87372 87-0372 USAF 162 FS F-16D Block 30H Details
Crashed in heavy wooded area in south-central Ohio in the Brush Creek State Forest at 10:15 hours. Both crew, Captain Barry G. James and Captain Brian D. MacLeod ejected safely. The aircraft suffered an engine failure on a routine training mission from Springfield MAP.
11 Dec 1996 [w/o] ET-205 78-0205 RDAF Esk 730 F-16B Block 1 Details
On take-off from RAF Marham near Norfolk, United Kingdom, at 10:54 hours for return to Skydstrup air base the tower observed flames coming from the engine area and advised the pilot, Captain M. A. Friis, who elected to continue the take-off. Some 6 kilometres from the airfield, the crew ejected safely over Narborough at a height of 1,600 feet. The aircraft came down safely in an empty sugar beet field near Necton, Norfolk, after flying on for a further 12.8 kilometres. The student pilot, First Lieutenant M. L. Andersen's parachute caught in a 26 foot tree, and took an hour to get him down

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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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