87-0006 (LM Type/Version 6F-49, F100-PW-200 engine) was significantly damaged when it ran off the end of the runway at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. The pilot landed at night after a weather divert into Bagram AB but could not stop the aircraft on the wet runway. ">

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F-16 Rescued by Army helicopter

December 19, 2002 (by Lieven Dewitte) - On 19 December 2002, RDAF block 15 F-16A 87-0006 (LM Type/Version 6F-49, F100-PW-200 engine) was significantly damaged when it ran off the end of the runway at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. The pilot landed at night after a weather divert into Bagram AB but could not stop the aircraft on the wet runway.

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RDAF Block 15 F-16AM, #E-006, ran off the the runway at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. The damaged jet was successfully hoisted from the minefield by a CH-47 Chinook. [RDAF photo]

Runway was reportedly very slick due to moisture and dust. There was no arresting gear available and the pilot ejected successfully (no injury).

The aircraft came to a stop in a mine field. The nose landing gear collapsed, the radome was damaged, the targeting pod was torn off, and the engine ingested FOD. The damaged aircraft was successfully hoisted from the minefield by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.




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RDAF Block 15 F-16AM, #E-006, ran off the runway at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. [RDAF photo]

RDAF Block 15 F-16AM, #E-006, ran off the runway at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. The people in the photo are hunting for mines. [RDAF photo]