F-16 Fighting Falcon News

F-16 Crashes in Arizona, Pilot Safe

June 15, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16 fighter jet crashed in the southern Arizona desert Friday and the pilot ejected safely.

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The plane went down during an air-to-air combat training exercise 14 miles southwest of Sells east of the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

Luke AFB officials grounded all F-16s at the base after the crash. Friday's crash was the ninth of a Luke-based F-16 in less than two years. Luke, located in suburban Phoenix, is the world's largest F-16 training base, flying nearly 38, 000 sorties a year.