F-16 Fighting Falcon News

HAF F-16C crashes - pilot ejects

June 4, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - A Hellenic Air Force F-16C block 50 from 347 Mira crashed today during a training flight, 5 miles East of the city of Ioannina at 10:33h local time. The jet was identifed as being #93-1059.

HAF F-16C block 50 #059 from 347 Mira that crashed on June 4th, 2009 is seen in this photograph on May 7th, 2009 during the HAF Fighter Weapons School exercise at Andravida AB. [Photo by Dirk Jan de Ridder]

The pilot ejected safetly and was picked up by helicopter and taken to hospital. Initial information indicates the pilot was experienced and had over 1200 flight hours of which 600 have been flying the block 50 F-16.

#93-1059 was built January 22, 1998 and was delivered to the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) April 23rd, 1998 and had logged over 2150 hrs of flying time.

The crash is under investigation and early media reports mention that there was a possible birdstrike.