PoAF Viper pilot ejects at Florennes AB, Belgium

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Unread post06 Dec 2008, 16:21

http://www.nieuwsblad.be/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleID=N223O4OP

The Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported an incident in today’s edition involving a Portuguese Air Force F-16.
During a "European exercise" at Florennes AB (so I guess TLP) a PoAF F-16 slid off the runway. The accident happened yesterday December 5th.
The pilot ejected and walked away without injuries.
The jet got stuck in the mud and suffered only minor damage.

I have absolutely no information about the cause, serial number, identity of the pilot, squadron, ... and no pictures as well.
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Unread post06 Dec 2008, 18:21

Thanks for the heads up and the link Master-of-Disaster.

We posted an article about this incident now at http://www.f-16.net/news_article3141.html.
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Unread post06 Dec 2008, 21:36

I've seen some ejections in my time, and id venture to say that the cockpit has a bit more than minor damge to it.

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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 01:16

Looks like the right wing dug in and got some turf action … good thing she didn’t flip or she would have been a write-off.

Am I hallucinating or is she sporting 600-gallon wing tanks instead of 370’s?

Glad the pilot is OK :thumb:
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 02:32

I've seen some ejections in my time, and id venture to say that the cockpit has a bit more than minor damge to it.


Yes, and if the engine was running when it left the runway it might be FOD'ed big time.


Am I hallucinating or is she sporting 600-gallon wing tanks instead of 370’s?


Looks like 370's to me. Stop sniffing JP-8!!! :nono:
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 05:26

OK, F-16.net survey time...

Regardless of whether you are a jock or not (I'm not one), who would not have ejected?!? Tough call.. I probably would have, especially calculating the chances of flipping over in the mud! Crikey...

Salute to the pilot, wishes to his family and support to PoAF~
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 05:40

I am not a driver, but I would have punched. Look at the 15E that rolled coming back into Lakenheath, the crew stayed with it and lived, but the GIB got messed up pretty bad.

Cool pictures from musicmann!
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 05:59

It sure looks weird without the canopy :shock:
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 12:23

It looks creepy without the canopy.
But to answer geogen: I would have chosen the fast way out. There always is a chance to survive, but there's also a chance you won't. So I think the pilot made the right decision. It's better to lose a fighter than to lose a fighter and a pilot.
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Unread post07 Dec 2008, 21:50

Dash One tells you to consider ejection if you are going to depart the paved surface. Lots of bad things can happen very quickly when you hit the turf.

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Unread post08 Dec 2008, 01:19

musicmann wrote:Some pictures here http://flyfan.hostonet.org/viewtopic.php?p=10431#10431

Greetz


Thnxs 4 the pics. Glad the pilot's OK.
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Unread post09 Dec 2008, 13:12

Ejection is a standard emergency practice following loss of control at landing. The plane will undergo structure, engine, gear and avionics inspections/overhauls. This will take considerable time even if the damage turns out to be light.

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Unread post09 Dec 2008, 18:21

We had a jet land gear-up at Richmond once (#86-0222) and the pilot ejected from it as it slid to a stop right next to the civilian firehouse in the middle of the airport. After the civilians put the fire out the airplane was totally black below the strakes. We picked it up with a crane, blew the gear down with the emergency extension system, pinned it and towed the jet back to our ramp.

I had the rare opportunity to inspect a cockpit that had been ejected from and not destroyed in a crash. I was absolutely amazed at what good shape it was in! It just looked like Egress had removed the seat in the hangar, except the rocket tube was about five times smaller since it had been fired. No burn marks. There was a little residual water in the cockpit from the firefighting effort, but that's about it. I was expecting lots of fire damage from the rocket motor but none was to be found.

I suspect that this jet has similar (non)damage to its cockpit. BTW, 222 never came back to us, but is flying to this day at the AFRC unit in Ft Worth.
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Unread post09 Dec 2008, 21:41

SixerViper wrote:BTW, 222 never came back to us, but is flying to this day at the AFRC unit in Ft Worth.


I had heard from a contact at the 149th FS that they did get the aircraft back, December 1998, but it didn't last long. In less than a year it was with the 457th FS. Did you leave the 149th FS before this time period?

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