August 21, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An engine explosion is blamed for the crash last April of an Air Force F-16C in a cornfield near Luke AFB, Arizona.
F-16C #83164, the F-16C that crashed today, seen here in better time
The results of an Air Force investigation into the April 11th crash were released today.
The pilot of the F-16C (#83-1164
),Capt. Jason E. Attaway, had just left from Luke AFB
for a two-ship student training mission to perform basic fighter maneuvers when the engine malfunctioned.
He was consequently instructed to return to Luke but when he realized he wouldn't be able to make it he decided to ejected. The plane crashed in a farm field about two miles southwest of the base but the pilot parachuted to safety.
The engine was a Pratt & Whitney F100 engine. Eyewitnesses on the ground saw flames at the rear end of the jet, shortly after take-off.
Luke is the world's largest F-16 training base.