September 5, 2017 (by Jon Sommerville) - An Iraqi student F-16 pilot was killed when an F-16 jet crashed during a training mission in southeastern Arizona, authorities said Wednesday.
IqAF F-16C block 52 #1605 is parked under a sun shade at Tucson IAP. [Photo by Xuxinyi1000]
The aircraft belonging to the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing was lost around 15:00h about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Tucson. Local Sheriff has confirmed the pilot died.
The pilot was Iraqi student pilot, Captain Noor Falih Hizam Rasn
, and the only person on board the aircraft at the time. A crater was left in the desert floor and the canopy was close by. This is the second Iraqi pilot killed while training in the F-16.
In July 2015, an Iraqi brigadier general flying from the 162nd died when his F-16, a newer model recently delivered to the Iraqi air force, crashed during night training near Douglas
The 162nd Wing is the Air Guard’s biggest F-16 training operation and conducts training missions across southern and central Arizona military ranges. Since 1990 it has trained pilots from Iraq
and the Netherlands
US Air Force
quickly assembled an interim safety board to investigate the incident.