F-16 Fighting Falcon News

F-16 crashes in Arizona, pilot ejected safely

February 2, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An Air Force F-16 from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crashed on to at raining range near Yuma, Ariz., just before 10 a. m. Feb 3. The pilot, 1st Lt. Esther Obert, ejected safely.

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She was taken to the Luke AFB hospital where she was reported to be in good condition. Presumably, Ly. Obert is the first female American F-16 pilot to be involved in an accident.

Obert was one of three F-16s taking part in a training mission over the Barry M. Goldwater range when the crash occurred. The other F-16s returned safely to base.

An accident investigation board is being convened to determine the cause of the crash.