F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 1997

Found 34 aircraft, displaying 31-34 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
22 Oct 1997 [act] 78088 78-0088 USAF 416 FLTS F-16B Block 1 Details
Suffered a mid-air collision with AT-38B 62-3746 which were both photo chasing B-1B 84-0049 for a weapons separation test. The AT-38B crashed with both on board being killed. The F-16 landed safely with damage to the left wingtip.
Nov 1997 [act] 88541 88-0541 USAF 510 FS F-16C Block 40D Details
The F-16 landed nose-down when its nose landing gear wouldn't extend on approach. No-one got injured and the aircraft was swiftly repaired.
06 Nov 1997 [w/o] 85564 85-1564 USAF 457 FS F-16C Block 30B News Article Details
The aircraft crashed practicing basic fighter maneuvers. The F-16 hit the ground near Sidney, Texas at about 13:15 hours. It was 75 miles west-southwest of it home base at NAS Fort Worth. The Air Force Reservist pilot, Col Thomas A Dyches, ejected safely. The pilot experienced the aircraft departing controlled flight due to a high AOA low speed manouvre. He could not reach the MPO switch to override the aircraft's computer in order to overcome the aircraft's departing controlled flight.
23 Dec 1997 [act] 304 86-1599 IDFAF 117 sqn F-16C Block 30 Details
The airframe landed with wheels up due to a technical landing gear failure. The pilot stayed with the airplane and suffered no injuries. Damage to the airframes was minor.

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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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