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F-16 Accident Reports for 1988

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Found 33 aircraft, displaying 1- 15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
Unknown [ act] 84246 84- 1246 USAF 17 TFS F-16C Block 25 C Details
Ingested a bird that caused engine failure sometime during 1988. Went off the runway. Nose gear broke and intake ploughed through soil. Aircraft was repaired, but never did go to combat as it didn't fly as well after this mishap.
Jan 1988 [ act] 84300 84- 1300 USAF 10 TFS F-16C Block 25 E Details
The aircraft struck a landing light tower during night operations at Hahn AB, Germany. Aircraft was low in the rain at night and was forty feet short of the threshold for the runway. The left MLG was sheared off. It skidded to a stop on the runway and the pilot ground egressed without injury. It was repaired at Hahn and returned to service.
13 Jan 1988 [ w/o] 82015 82- 1015 USAF 612 TFS F-16A Block 15 P Details
Crashed near Madrid, Spain. The pilot, Lieutenant Colonel David F. Shontz, was unfortunately killed in the mishap.
10 Feb 1988 [ w/o] 82909 82- 0909 USAF FWS F-16A Block 15 J Details
11 Feb 1988 [ w/o] J-639 80- 3639 RNlAF 306 sqn F-16A Block 15 H Details
Crashed following an engine failure near Twenthe AB (Haaksbergen). The pilot managed to eject safely when flames were comming out of the nozzle.
19 Feb 1988 [ act] E-602 80- 3602 RDAF Esk 730 F-16A Block 15 B Details
Pilot, Lieutenant N. B. Jørgensen had to land gear up at Skrydstrup AB when the left landing gear indicated unsafe. The aircraft was landed on the empty belly tank on the main runway so smoothly that the aircraft only had small scrathes on the left sidewinder rail. For this, lieutenant Jørgensen received a letter from the Danish minister of defence congratulating his performance. The aircraft was easily repaired and back to flying duties in only 30 days.
20 Feb 1988 [ w/o] 86213 86- 0213 USAF 302 TFS F-16C Block 32 C Details
Destroyed on the Barry M. Goldwater range, Arizona. Major Willy Kempe was killed in this accident.
11 Mar 1988 [ w/o] 81766 81- 0766 USAF 159 FIS F-16A Block 15 G Details
Ran out of fuel in afterburner while trying to burn off excess fuel for landing after a training mission. Apparently the external fuel tanks won't feed with the afterburner running and the speed brakes deployed. The pilot, Ltc Levis Deweese, was forced to eject from the aircraft as he lacked sufficient altitude to attempt a relight and consequently the aircraft crashed near Jacksonville, Florida.
14 Mar 1988 [ w/o] 679 80- 3679 RNoAF 331 skv F-16A Block 15 K Details
The aircraft crashed near Hind√łya Island, during a NATO exercise. The pilot, Geir Kveisengen, was unfortunately killed in the crash. He suffered a G-induced loss of conciousness after a merge and his flightlead saw him slowly dipping over and cruise into the ground after the merge.
22 Mar 1988 [ w/o] 79397 79- 0397 USAF 61 TFTS F-16A Block 10 B Details
Flew into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft crashed on a night practice intercept sortie over the Gulf. The pilot was Capt. Ronald Speidel (a German Air Force exchange-pilot) who just joined the 61st TFTS at Mac Dill AFB
31 Mar 1988 [ w/o] 84389 84- 1389 USAF 10 TFS F-16C Block 25 F Details
Crashed into a house in Forst, Germany. The pilot, First Lieutenant Tom E. Doyle, was killed along with one civilian on the ground. The pilot stayed with the aircraft to avoid hitting the center of the town. Unfortunately, he could not avoid a house on the outskirts of the town, killing himself and the brother of the local 'Bergermeister'. The local citizens concider the pilot a hero for this action.
18 Apr 1988 [ w/o] 85462 85- 1462 USAF 526 TFS F-16C Block 30 A Details
Hit the ground in Erzberg, Germany near the town of Hermeskeil. The pilot ejected safely. The event was noticed in some over-regional pers with comments like "aircraft struck into free field but missed an Army Ammo-Depot 200 meters and the Hermeskeil hospital 600 meters."
May 1988 [ con] 80560 80- 0560 USAF 182 TFS F-16A Block 15 Details
Reportedly rolled over on landing at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas around May of 1988. Damage was relatively minor and was taken apart and repaired back hone at San Antonio, Texas.
20 May 1988 [ w/o] 80574 80- 0574 USAF 309 TFS F-16A Block 15 A Details
Destroyed on the Leach Lake range, California when a turbine blade failed resulting in an engine fire. Pilot ejected safely.
04 Jun 1988 [ w/o] J-625 80- 3625 RNlAF 311 sqn F-16A Block 15 D Details
Crashed near Goose Bay, Newfoundland. The pilot, Captain Bob Verkroost, was able to eject safely. The pilot was on a low level training flight. Captain Verkroost later ejected from J-359 on September 23, 1992.

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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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