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F-16 Accident Reports for 1985

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Found 21 aircraft, displaying 1- 15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
Unknown [ act] 78101 78- 0101 USAF 311 TFTS F-16B Block 5 Details
Pilot received a warning light indicating a failure of the nose gear to lock. Upon landing the pilot kept the nose up as long as possible, but when the nose came down the nose gear did collapse. Damage was not extensive and was repaired and flew again at Luke AFB. Exact date of the mishap is unknown but believed to have happened in 1985.
07 Feb 1985 [ w/o] 79323 79- 0323 USAF 157 TFS F-16A Block 10 Details
Hit the ground on the Townsend Bombing Range, Georgia
08 Feb 1985 [ w/o] 81808 81- 0808 USAF 614 TFS F-16A Block 15 H Details
Flew into the ground near Aviano AB, Italy. Pilot ejected safely. The cause was determined that both AOA heaters failed and ice formed on the probes, driving the probes full down. This caused the LE flaps to full down and the aircraft flipped on its back. The aircraft impacted a snow covered slop, inverted, and slid to a stop. The jet was enroute from Torrejon AB, Spain when the accident occured. During ejection, the pilot received a gash to his jaw from his parachute harness.
11 Feb 1985 [ w/o] 78004 78- 0004 USAF 310 TFTS F-16A Block 1 Details
Destroyed near Luke AFB, Arizona at Gila Bend Auxillary Air Field due to an engine failure. Pilot ejected safely.
Apr 1985 [ act] E-177 78- 0177 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 5 Details
On 10 Jul 1986 the aircraft was on a gunnery training mission near the Danish island of Rømø, when there was an explosion in the engine, and smoke and flames was detected from the other planes in the formation. The pilot, Captain V.C. Boudreaux an USAF exchange pilot, was able keep the engine running long enough to get the aircraft back to Skrydstrup Air Base where he made a normal landing, and by doing so saved the aircraft. Captain Boudreaux on the 4 December 1986 received the Danish decoration 'The Medal for Superior Airmanship' by the chief of the Danish tactical air command. He was invited to the Royal palace, were the queen herself wanted to personally congratulate Captain Bourdreaux.
01 Apr 1985 [ w/o] E-179 78- 0179 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 5 Details
Collided at 14,000 feet with F-16A (78-0186, E-186) just north of Ribe during an air combat mission. The pilot, lieutenant René Sten Jensen, ejected safely.
01 Apr 1985 [ w/o] E-186 78- 0186 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 5 Details
Collided at 14,000 feet with F-16A (78-0179, E-179) just north of Ribe during an air combat mission. The pilot, Lieutenant John Møller Sørensen, ejected safely.
27 Apr 1985 [ w/o] 83117 83- 1117 USAF 19 TFS F-16A Block 15 S Details
Hit the ground near Fort Campbell, Kentucky killing Captain Ed Johnson.
29 Apr 1985 [ w/o] FA-24 78- 0139 BAF 350 sqn F-16A Block 5 Details
Impacted the ground at Court St. Etienne, Belgium when Slt. Konrad Pauwels became disorientated and was killed
16 May 1985 [ w/o] 79416 79- 0416 USAF 72 TFTS F-16B Block 5 Details
Crashed near MacDill AFB, Florida. 2nd Lieutenant Richard Satterlee was the student pilot.
03 Jun 1985 [ w/o] J-865 81- 0865 RNlAF 311 sqn F-16A Block 15 P Details
Collided in mid-air with F-16A (80-3621, J-621) near Gronau, Germany. 1st Lieutenant Wiebe F.M. Schiphorst did not survive the collision and neither did the pilot of the other aircraft.
03 Jun 1985 [ w/o] J-621 80- 3621 RNlAF 311 sqn F-16A Block 15 B Details
Collided in mid-air with F-16A (81-0865, J-865) near Gronau, Germany. The pilot, 1st Lieutenant Hans van Schaijk was killed in the collision.
12 Jun 1985 [ w/o] 303 78- 0303 RNoAF 332 skv F-16B Block 5 Details
Crashed north of Banak, Norway during a low level flight over the ocean. The crew consisted of a pilot and a higher ranking officer. The pilot experienced a sudden pitch down and due to the low level he did not have time to recover so he chose to eject. It was later speculated that the high ranking officer experienced a hart attack where he grabbed the side stick controler and pushed it forward. At the same time his body went rigid lifting up of the seat. When the pilot in charge decided to eject the seat hit the high ranking officer with extream force causing serious internal injuries which later lead to his death. The pilot in charge survived without serious injuries
30 Jul 1985 [ w/o] 79372 79- 0372 USAF 72 TFTS F-16A Block 10 A Details
Crashed into the Gulf of Mexico killing the pilot, 2nd Lieutenant J. O'brien. Probable cause is believed to be black-out
30 Jul 1985 [ w/o] 80606 80- 0606 USAF 496 TFS F-16A Block 15 B Details
Caught fire at Hahn AFB, Germany and was destroyed on the runway. Pilot Mike Jaensch, ejected from the air plane safely.

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Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available
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