May 4, 2012 (by Asif Shamim) - A USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon (#88-0433), assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range at approximately 08:35h local time on May 4.
At the time of the accident, there was one person on board. The pilot successfully ejected and is being evaluated by medical personnel.
Emergency response teams from Hill Air Force Base are responding to the accident.
Col. Scott Long, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, said a board of enquiry will investigate the accident, and an official report will released in due course.
The F-16 was participating in readiness-training when something went wrong and the pilot had to eject. The pilot, who is a captain and a very experienced pilot, according to Long, was uninjured and walked to the rescue helicopter.
The last crash of an F-16 on the Utah Test and Training Range occurred on June 22, 2009. The pilot, Capt. George Houghton, of the 421st Fighter Squadron died in that accident. Over the last fourteen years, eleven F-16s have crashed in Utah with five pilots lost.