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F-16 Accident Reports for 1999

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Found 29 aircraft, displaying 1- 15 [Sorted by Date]
Date Status Local S/N Aircraft AF/Unit Version Info Details
07 Jan 1999 [ w/o] 88154 88- 0154 USAF 310 FS F-16D Block 42 A Details
Crashed shortly after take-off from Luke AFB, Arizona. The pilot, Captain Julian Chestnut, and back seater, Captain Brian Egger, who was the instructor, ejected safely. One of the wing fuel tank external stores hit a pickup truck injuring the driver. The incident occurred at 13:00 hours and about one and a half miles north of the base.
21 Jan 1999 [ w/o] 92900 92- 3900 USAF 13 FS F-16C Block 50 P News Article Details
Went down in mountainous forest near the city of Kamaishshi, in the northern part of Japan. The crash occurred at 13:30 hours and 85 miles south of Misawa AB. The aircraft was on a training mission. Cause of the crash was human error. A malfunctioning G-suit distracted the pilot who gave it an inspection. The aircraft at the time was 418 at only 3,300 feet. When the pilot returned his attention to flying, he found a wind screen full of the terrane of a ridge. He pulled back on the stick, but flew straight through the trees on the ridge. The cut was 85 feet long, 35 feet wide and just 20 feet above the ground. Forty-five seconds after hitting the trees, the pilot ejected safely.
25 Jan 1999 [ w/o] 6813 93- 0834 RoCAF 22 TFS F-16B Block 20 News Article Details
Crashed into a farm house on a tea plantation in the county Taitung at Chinchin Mountains, Taimali. The crew were on a training mission, and were both killed. The pilot was Major Wei-Kang Dai and the back seater was Lieutenant Colonel Chia-Kun Chang.
03 Feb 1999 [ w/o] 84304 84- 1304 USAF 62 FS F-16C Block 25 E News Article Details
Went down just before 10:00 hours at the Barry M. Goldwater range, about seven miles south of Gila Bend, Arizona. The student pilot, First Lieutenant Esther Obert, radioed that she was having aircraft problems. She was in a three ship formation. Esther ejected shortly after. All Luke AFB F-16's were grounded for safety checks. Cause of the crash was numerous cracks in the afterburner wall which caused fire to spread.
25 Feb 1999 [ act] FA-116 88- 0041 F-16A Block 15 AC OCU News Article Details
During a functional check flight the aircraft experiences vibrations while testing the engine in region 1 (afterburner). The pilot reduced power, but the temperature continued to rise and the aircraft kept vibrating. While bringing the thrust to idle, the engine flamed out. The pilot had to restart the engine, but was unsuccesfull. He made a flame-out landing at Kleine-Brogel AB. The pilot was Cdt. Rudy 'Chouke' Schoukens.
25 Feb 1999 [ act] FA-118 88- 0043 BAF 350 sqn F-16A Block 15 AE OCU Details
Nose wheel separated during landing, but is expected to be repaired. The pilot was fine
Mar 1999 [ act] 10302 86- 0380 RTAF 103 sqn F-16B Block 15 AA OCU Details
Suffered a hard landing on the right main landing gear. Leaving the gear down, the pilot initiated a go around while ground crew inspected the gear via binoculars. All cockpit indications and visual exams were good, so the pilot attempted a full stop landing. After weight on wheels, the aircraft settled to the right, coming to rest on the centerline tank and right wing tip due to the right main landing gear being broken at the 341 bulkhead.
18 Mar 1999 [ act] 86277 86- 0277 USAF 35 FS F-16C Block 30 D Details
Fog at Kunsan AB, Korea caused the flight of two to divert to Kimhae International Airport also in Korea. Conditions at this airport were raining. The first aircraft landed but hydroplaned, resulting in the pilot using the end of runway barrier. The second aircraft landed and hydroplaned, but had to steer off the runway in order to avoid hitting the other aircraft which had just taken the barrier. Following this the aircraft struck the MA-1A barrier chain which tore off the entire undercarriage. Instructor pilot Major David L. Orr exited the aircraft safely without ejecting. Damage was a destroyed ECM pod, undercarriage and debris which was ingested into the engine.
23 Mar 1999 [ w/o] FA-39 78- 0154 BAF 2 sqn F-16A Block 10 B News Article Details
Crashed near Dinant, Belgium around 21:30 hours while training for air combat. Captain Frédéric Desirotte did not eject and was killed in the mishap
26 Mar 1999 [ w/o] 88490 88- 0490 USAF 308 FS F-16C Block 42 C News Article Details
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.
28 Mar 1999 [ w/o] 031 87- 1695 IDFAF 109 sqn F-16D Block 30 D Details
Crashed at sea caused by an engine lock. The pilot ejected safely.
26 Apr 1999 [ w/o] 89175 89- 2175 USAF 63 FS F-16D Block 42 G Details
Crashed 20 miles northwest of Luke AFB on White Tank Mt. Range at 18:05 hours. The cockpit landing gear lights indicated an unsafe undercarriage. While attempting to resolve the problem, the aircraft ran out of fuel. The instructor pilot, Major Kevin Grove, and a German exchange pilot, Captain Stephan Kleinheyer, were recovered safely.
01 May 1999 [ w/o] 88550 88- 0550 USAF 555 FS F-16C Block 40 D News Article Details
Lost over Serbia near Nakucani during operation Allied Force due to engine failure, which was caused by a nearby SA-3 explosion. The pilot, Lt. Col. David Goldfein, ejected safely and was rescued by helicopter. The tail is on display in the Museum of Warplanes in Belgrade, Serbia.
01 Jun 1999 [ w/o] 6638 93- 0739 RoCAF 22 TFS F-16A Block 20 News Article Details
Reported missing at 20:30 hours at a location in the China Sea off Green Island, Taiwan. It was a night training mission. The pilot was Flight Leader Major Chung-wei Hsu. After a month and a half the aircraft and pilot had still not been found. Video from the wingman's HUD showed his aircraft suddenly pitch up and role into a nose down position. It happened at an altitude of 15,000 feet at 20:11 hours. All Taiwanese F-16's were grounded as a result of the crash.
12 Jun 1999 [ act] 9979 93- 0525 EAF 272 TFW F-16C Block 40 R News Article Details
Departed the runway while landing and the pilot ejected safely. The fuselage was destroyed from station 88 forward. The cockpit was burned out by the ejection seat. All three gear were heavily damaged as well as the engine intake. A team from the 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron based out of Hill AFB, Utah went to Egypt to survey the damage and bring the aircraft back to the United States. It arrived at Hill AFB, Utah in the summer of 2000. The aircraft only had 150 flying hours and estimated at $3.2 million to fix was deemed worth while. As of early February 2005 the aircraft has been returned to flying status and is waiting to be delivered back to the Egyptian Air Force.

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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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