Suffered an engine failure which forced pilot, Captain Michael G. Rider, to eject. The aircraft crashed after about 20 minutes of flight at 8:40 hours, 22 miles southwest of Luke AFB, Arizona. All Luke AFB F-16's were subsequently grounded as the result of the crash until all engines could be inspected. Cracks were found in 63 other F-16 P&W 220 engines augmentor ducts. Cracks in the afterburner resulted in an earlier F-16 crash on February 3, 1999. The aircraft was on a training mission with practice munitions.
This was the first jet I was assigned to as an ADCC from 1993-1994 . The DCC was SSGT Eddie Cantrell We won the Silver Star award twice with this bird. The pilots loved flying our jet said she was a great flying bird and we kept her shit hot on looks too! Sad to learn that it went down .