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F-16 Accident Reports for 1997

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Found 34 aircraft, displaying 1- 15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
Unknown [ act] 90708 90- 0708 USAF 152 FS F-16C Block 42 H Details
Undercarrage retracted while parked. Gear pins were pulled during an ops check.
07 Jan 1997 [ w/o] 81684 81- 0684 USAF 179 FS F-16A Block 15 C ADF Details
The aircraft went down near Greenwood Lake, Minnesota while practising night intercepts. The aircraft went down in a remote dense woodland area near Greenwood Lake. The pilot, Maj. Pete Woodbury, did not eject.
29 Jan 1997 [ w/o] 83134 83- 1134 USAF 61 FS F-16C Block 25 A Details
The aircraft crashed on the Barry M. Goldwater range 2.5 miles from Gila Bend, Arizona after suffering a bird strike. The pilot, Capt. Robert Churchill, ejected safely at 15:10 hours.
04 Feb 1997 [ w/o] 87385 87- 0385 USAF 466 FS F-16D Block 30 J Details
Crashed ten miles northeast of Wendover at 19:00 hours. Major Edward G. Goggins was the pilot and Captain Mark C. Snyder a passenger flight surgeon. One suffered a broken ankle and the other had burns. Because it was early evening there was a night recovery. Cause of crash found to be an engine flameout.
12 Feb 1997 [ con] FB-22 88- 0048 F-16B Block 15 AC OCU Details
Suffered an engine flame-out. The pilot, Maj. Frank Dewinne, succeeds in an airstart and landed safely at Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands
12 Feb 1997 [ act] ET-208 78- 0208 RDAF Esk 730 F-16B Block 5 Details
Damaged but repaired
07 Mar 1997 [ act] FA-127 89- 0005 BAF 2 W F-16A Block 15 AG OCU Details
Minor mishap involving this F-16A. Nose wheel collapsed after landing. Damage was minor and only to the nose gear door. The pilot stayed with the aircraft since it was not moving fast during the incident. The nose gear collapse took place at Florennes. The aircraft was repaired
10 Mar 1997 [ w/o] TS-1607 87- 0715 TNIAU 3 sqn F-16A Block 15 AG OCU Details
While attempting to land during bad weather, the aircraft crashed into the landing lights for the runway. The pilot was returning from a routine exercise over Jakarta. The mishap took place at Jakarta/Halim AB at 13:30 hours. The pilot, Captain Dwi Sasongko of the demonstration team 'Blue Eagle', was killed.
19 Mar 1997 [ act] 86040 86- 0040 USAF 302 FS F-16D Block 32 C AIB Report Details
Collided with #86-0257 and suffered only minor damage to tail and some turkey feathers and was easily repaired. Unfortunately 86-0257 was written-off. At the time this aircraft was on loan to the 93rd FS. The flight was a photoflight with 86-0040 passing underneath another three-ship. The pilot lost visual contact for a brief period in which he scraped 86-0257 which lost its radome and radar pitching up and not being able to recover. The pilot, Maj. Daley, ejected safely.
19 Mar 1997 [ w/o] 86257 86- 0257 USAF 93 FS F-16C Block 32 C Details
Collided with F-16D #86-0040 from the same squadron over the Gulf of Mexico. Five F-16's were in an air-to-air photo session. The F-16D was passing under three F-16C's when it hit one of the aircraft. The F-16C lost its entire nose and could not regain control. The pilot was forced to eject. The pilot, Major Dennis Daley, ejected from the aircraft at 11:45 hours. Twenty minutes later a United States Coast Guard helicopter picked him up unharmed near Key West, Florida. The aircraft was from Homestead AFB, Florida and marked '482 OG'.
07 Apr 1997 [ w/o] 9807 90- 0937 EAF 262 TFW F-16D Block 40 K Details
Collided with F-16C (90-0953, 9935) in mid-air.
07 Apr 1997 [ w/o] 9935 90- 0953 EAF 262 TFW F-16C Block 40 M Details
Collided with F-16D (90-0937, 9807) in mid-air
21 Apr 1997 [ w/o] 89095 89- 2095 USAF 68 FS F-16C Block 40 F News Article Details
Crashed as the result of an engine flameout at a low altitude. The air plane crashed in the southern portion of Georgia, seven miles southwest of Pearson. A malfunction in the main engine control component caused the flame-out. Aircraft was nicknamed Satan and spent a lot of time code 3. The pilot, 1st Lt. Joseph C. Thomas, ejected safely.
24 Apr 1997 [ w/o] 274 78- 0274 RNoAF 332 skv F-16A Block 1 Details
Crashed near Bindal, north of Ørland, Norway hitting a high volt power cable. The pilot, Per Morten Storengen, ejected safely.
29 Apr 1997 [ w/o] FA-80 80- 3571 BAF 23 sqn F-16A Block 15 M Details
Impacted the ground near Rummen, Geetbets, Belgium at approximate co-ordinates: 50°53′N 05°07′E, due to loss of control. The aircraft was piloted by Captain Martin Levicar. He tried to reach the Beauvechain AB but as the back-up system failed, he jettisoned the auxiliary fuel tanks over Rummen and ejected safely. He landed with his parachute in an orchard between Rummen and Nieuwerkerken.

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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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