F-16 Aircraft Database

F-16 Accident Reports for 2001




Found 21 aircraft, displaying 1-15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
Unknown [act] 85444 85-1444 USAF 457 FS F-16C Block 30A Details
Sometime after the summer of 2001 this aircraft had a mishap. To repair this airframe, F-16N #163571 (#86-1689) was split in half at bulkhead 243.00 with the aft end being used for this airframe #85-1444 and the forward half used to fix #86-0242. This work was done by the 649th Logistics Support Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah.
30 Jan 2001 [act] 86228 86-0228 USAF 149 FS F-16C Block 30C Details
Collided with F-16D (#85-1572), but both had landed safely at Langley AFB, Virginia. They were flying at 18:45 hours with night vision goggles over Cape Charles, Virginia when they hit. A wing was taken from the D-model and attached to the C-model so that it could fly home safely. The D-model was taken from Langley AFB by truck to Hill AFB, Utah where it was repaired over the next two years.
30 Jan 2001 [act] 85572 85-1572 USAF 149 FS F-16D Block 30B Details
Collided with F-16C (86-0228) at 18:45 hours with night vision goggles over Cape Charles, Virginia. F-16C (86-0228) passed this F-16 and the top of the fins on the AiM-9's cut across the fuselage all the way up to bulkhead 243 which is just behind the canopy. They were able to land safely at Langley AFB, Virginia. The D-model gave up its wing for the C-model which once wing replaced flew home. The D-model left Langley AFB on a truck to Hill AFB, Utah. Repair work was carried out at Ogden ALC by the 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron. Cost to repair was $1.2 million, 26000 work hours and over a 2 year period. Aircraft was delivered back to the 149th FS by March 31st, 2004.
17 Mar 2001 [w/o] 712 87-0712 RNoAF 331 skv F-16B Block 15AD OCU Details
Lost after ingesting a bird which caused an engine fire. Both crew ejected safely and the wreckage came down just off the southern tip of Landegode island, Norway. Backseater was a female administration officer on an incentive flight. Wreckage was moved to Kjeller depot.
21 Mar 2001 [w/o] 87330 87-0330 USAF 522 FS F-16C Block 30J News Article Details
Engine failed over Melrose Bombing Range. Captain Dawn Hokaj ejected with only minor injuries around 20 miles west of Clovis, New Mexico. The no. 3 bearing in the engine broke apart causing the engine failure. Failure of the no. 3 bearing was a known problem with those engines
21 Mar 2001 [i/a] 83169 83-1169 USAF 40 FLTS F-16B Block 15Q AIB Report Details
Aircraft suffered a class A mishap when it ingested a pelican at Eglin AFB and the motor shelled out. The aircraft landed safely at Duke Auxiliary Field and fire broke out. Both pilots managed to walk away without injury but aircraft had major fire damage. The aircraft is now being used on the test range at Eglin AFB, Florida.
02 Apr 2001 [w/o] E-178 78-0178 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 5 News Article Details
Aircraft departed controlled flight during an air combat exercise forcing Captain Allan O. Jensen to eject. Wreckage of the aircraft went into the North Sea 28 miles west of Thyorøn, Denmark. He was rescued by an S-61A
03 Apr 2001 [w/o] 90837 90-0837 USAF 14 FS F-16D Block 50A Details
Went down over the Pacific Ocean 12 miles northwest of Misawa, Japan. Pilot, First Lieutenant Mark Hadley, ejected and was rescued by a Japanese military HH-60 after 35 minutes of being in the ater. Cause of the crash was FOD to the engine. This caused a blade from the third stage compressor to come loose which punctured the engine's compressor section. Pilot as a result was unable to re-light the engine. The aircraft was from the 14th FS but the pilot belonged to the 13th FS. In May, 80% of the wreckage was recovered, including the engine. A US Navy diver Seaman Matthew Draughon was killed on May 5th, 2001 during the recovery of debris.
01 May 2001 [act] 90725 90-0725 USAF 4 FS F-16C Block 40H Details
Main gear collapsed and a crewmember was injured by the port wing stabilizer. The tail of the aircraft came down and wrecked the ventral fins. Here are the events as described by that crewmember: "There had been changes made to the order in which normal maintenance inspections were performed. Basically our normal way of doing things had been changed. These changes are what allowed this mishap to occur. The evening before I reported for work my swing-shift counterpart found a cracked landing gear handle lense. In the course of fixing the handle someone inadvertently left the handle in the up position. Therefore when the pilot started the jet the main landing gear retracted. I received an L2 compression fracture, a dislocated right ankle, and a broken fibula". This incident happened at Hato, Curaçao. All flying was cancelled for the day. The aircraft was returned to flying status by May 18th, 2001.
08 Jun 2001 [w/o] 84-372 84-1372 RoKAF 19 FW F-16D Block 32A Details
Damaged turbine blades in the aircraft's engine's compressor and exhaust caused this aircraft to crash at Andong at 8:35h local. Both pilots escaped safely.
12 Jun 2001 [w/o] 89063 89-2063 USAF 35 FS F-16C Block 40F News Article Details
Lost forty miles southeast of Kunsan AB, Korea taking the life of pilot, First Lieutenant Randolph E. Murff. It is speculated the aircraft struck an electrical pole before impacting a rice paddy. Cause was later determined to be due to spatial disorientation. The aircraft ended up in an inverted steep dive that was not recoverable (13,000 feet, 460 knots, 59° nose low, 165° left bank). The pilot ejected out of the envelope (one second before impact).
15 Jun 2001 [w/o] J-206 83-1206 RNlAF 311 sqn F-16A Block 20 MLU Details
Pilot Major C. Deering after suffering engine problems attempted to divert to Leeuwarden. Deering had jettisoned his external fuel tanks, but was forced to eject at 11:15 hours 15 miles northeast of the island of Terschelling. Deering was plucked out of the North Sea by the Leeuwarden SAR at 11:32 hours
26 Jun 2001 [act] 110 88-0110 HAF 330 Mira F-16C Block 30H Details
Damaged when the LEF of the left wing faced upwards during flight. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Leeuwarden AB, the Netherlands.
06 Jul 2001 [w/o] 90815 90-0815 USAF 77 FS F-16C Block 50B Details
Impacted the Atlantic Ocean at 10:40 hours about 40 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. Pilot, Captain Mitchell Bulmann, was sadly killed. The aircraft was on a air-to-air training mission. Cause is believed to be G-LOC.
17 Jul 2001 [w/o] 78100 78-0100 USAF 416 FTS F-16B Block 5 News Article Details
The pilot, Major Aaron George and Lockheed photographer Judson Brohmer were killed. Incident occurred at 7:00 hours about 30 miles east of China Lake. The F-16 was flying a photo/safety chase position on a 2nd F-16 on a test mission to demonstrate reliability improvements on a MALD (Miniature Air Launch Decoy). Following the launch of the MALD, the MALD's engine failed. The MALD descended at a 20 degree angle until 8,996 feet where a drogue shoot deployed followed by a recovery parachute at 7,000 feet. It drifted into mountainous terrain. The mishap aircraft was collecting video coverage of the MALD's launch, recovery, and landing. In order to maintain optimum position for video taping the MALD, the pilot had to execute barrel roll maneuvers to avoid passing the MALD. As the MALD's drogue shoot deployed, the mishap pilot executed a 3rd barrel roll maneuver, to maintain position which placed him at a steep, inverted, high speed dive that he was unable to recover. The crash was caused by channelized attention on the MALD and loss of altitude awareness.

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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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