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F-16 Accident Reports for 2006

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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 [ sto] 88404 88- 0404 USAF 93 FS F-16C Block 30 K Details
Ran off the runway at Balad AB.
09 Jan 2006 [ w/o] 3052 00- 6027 UAEAF 16 sqn F-16E Block 60 News Article Details
The aircraft crashed during a routine airshow demonstration flight. The pilot managed to eject safely. This is the first write-off of an UAEAF F-16E block 60. The pilot, Dan Levin - a Lockheed Martin Test Pilot - apparently entered a loop too low or had a density altitude problem. The F-16 hit the ground in full burner with a high sink rate. Fortunately Dan ejected but his chute didn't have time to fully deploy so he suffered many broken bones and a punctured lung.
27 Jan 2006 [ w/o] 85-576 85- 1576 RoKAF 19 FW F-16C Block 32 A News Article Details
At 9:50 hours this F-16 crashed during a training mission right after it took off at Chung Ju AB. The pilot, Maj. Kim, ejected safely and is only slightly injured.
30 Jan 2006 [ w/o] 93-0014 93- 0014 TuAF 181 Filo F-16C Block 40 P News Article Details
The aircraft crashed at 14:43 hours about four and a half kilometres from the runway, ending up in an uninhabited area near the village of Gonendi in Diyarbakir's Carikli Municipality. The cause is still unknown.
20 Feb 2006 [ act] FB-24 89- 0012 BAF OCU F-16B Block 20 MLU News Article Details
Dropped an ALQ-131 ECM system while on a training flight. No-one got hurt, but there was some damage to parked cars near a retirement home.
24 Feb 2006 [ act] 298 78- 0298 RNoAF 338 skv F-16A Block 20 MLU Details

Aircraft was struck by lightning on finale approach to Bodø. Exact date unknown. The aircraft was taken to Kjeller for repairs and inspection.

9 CB's popped; 3 x MMC power, CADS, 2 x AOA HTR, PITOT HTR, GPS and Radar ant CB's popped. The pitot heater harnes was burned. The radome was black inside and the L/H horizontal stabiliser and ISA had clear damage from the lightning exiting through the static dischargers.
14 Mar 2006 [ w/o] 89099 89- 2099 USAF 35 FS F-16C Block 40 F News Article Details
Lost at sea around 09:30 hours twenty miles off the coast of Kunsan AB, Korea. Pilot was Capt. Donald Siegmund, of the 35th Fighter Squadron ejected safely and returned to base shortly after. He spent about 55 minutes in the water before a South Korean air force rescue helicopter dispatched to the scene found and lifted him to safety.
29 Mar 2006 [ w/o] 9742 99- 0115 F-16C Block 40 Details
30 Mar 2006 [ w/o] 89115 89- 2115 USAF 421 FS F-16C Block 40 G News Article Details
The pilot, 1st Lt. Jay Bear, was conducting a close-air support training mission over the northern Utah Test and Training Range. He ejected safely. The aircraft went down in a muddy tidal area along one of the islands in the Great Salt Lake. The F-16 suffered an engine failure.
05 Apr 2006 [ w/o] 93542 93- 0542 USAF 55 FS F-16C Block 50 Q News Article Details
At around 17:40 hours - while on a two ship training mission over the Atlantic, 30 miles off the coast of South Carolina - this F-16 went down. The other pilot in the flight saw the ejection and a parachute open but it was not untill 19:35 hours that the pilot, Captain Theodore 'Ted' Shultz, was rescued by the US Coast Guard. The cause of the crash was determined to be a G-LOC incidence.
11 Apr 2006 [ w/o] 83164 83- 1164 USAF 62 FS F-16C Block 25 B News Article Details
The plane crashed at 09.55 hours local time. The pilot safely ejected right after flames were seen at the rear end of the jet. The F-16 went down in the Northwest Valley, in a farm field near Loop 303 and Indian School Road. The accident occured shortly after the jet took off from Luke AFB for a two-ship training mission. The pilot, 26-year-old Captain Jason Attaway, ejected safely. An explosion of the Pratt & Whitney engine was blamed for the crash.
08 May 2006 [ act] E-198 78- 0198 RDAF Esk 727 F-16A Block 20 MLU News Article Details
18 May 2006 [ act] J-064 86- 0064 RNlAF 312 sqn F-16B Block 20 MLU News Article Details
The F-16 with callsign 'Spider21' was making an IF-Test flight out of Volkel AB. During the Radar Guided Simulated Flame-out (SFO) approach at Leeuwarden AB they hit the runway pretty hard. Before the landing an accompagnying F-16 saw that the gear was twisted about 20/30 degrees. Despite the twisted gear the crew decided to land at Leeuwarden AB using a visual straight in approach. After touching the runway the twisted gear collapsed and the F-16 came to a quick stop by it's dragchute. Both pilots escaped without injuries. It is still unclear what the exact damage is to the jet, but it will probably be repaired.
22 May 2006 [ w/o] MM7263 80- 0616 AMI 18 gruppo F-16A Block 15 B ADF News Article Details
The aircraft crashed in collision with F-16A (MM7246) into sea about 5 miles from Capo Ferrato in Sardinia. Both pilots, Pier Francisco Grassi (29) and Fabio De Luca (30), have managed to eject safely from their jets. The causes of the incident are still under investigation. The hypothesis of an in flight collision of the jets is however most likely at the moment.
22 May 2006 [ w/o] MM7246 82- 1023 AMI 18 gruppo F-16A Block 15 P ADF News Article Details
The aircraft crashed in collision with F-16A (MM7263) into sea about 5 miles from Capo Ferrato in Sardinia. Both pilots, Pier Francisco Grassi (29) and Fabio De Luca (30), have managed to eject safely from their jets. The causes of the incident are still under investigation. The hypothesis of an in flight collision of the jets is however most likely at the moment.

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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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Jan 07, 2024 - 06:07 PM
93-0542 crash 05apr2006

The account indicates it was just the USCG who rescued the pilot. The following taken from the US Navy's History Command's website indicates the USS Klakring (FFG 42) was instrumental:

At 1802 on 5 April 2006, Klakring received a distress call over bridge-to-bridge radio concerning a USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon, flown by Capt. Craig T. Schultz, USAF, of the 55th Fighter Squadron, that crashed into the sea. Five to six foot swells rolled in the area, which the original report placed about 40 nautical miles east of Winyah Bay, S.C. Klakring immediately increased her speed and reached the area within the hour. Comdr. Lovell ordered all available crewmembers topside to assist in the search, and Coast Guard D6553, an Aérospatiale HH-65A Dolphin flying from CGAS Charleston, dropped two flares to direct the lookouts.

Seaman Leland Powell spotted Schultz in the water off Klakring’s bow at 33°07'2"N, 078°16'9"W at 1920. Three minutes later, the ship lowered her RHIB, commanded by Lt. Comdr. Edward Gettins, the frigate’s executive officer, and provided the location of the pilot to the Coast Guard. D6553 dropped a SAR swimmer, who assessed Schultz’s condition. Three SAR swimmers from the RHIB, Internal Communications Electrician 1st Class Jeffery Clayton, Gas Turbine Systems Technician-Mechanical 3d Class Thomas Hobbs, and Seaman Joel Wells, dove into the sea and secured the pilot to a stretcher. During his ejection, Schultz suffered compound fractures to both legs, a broken right arm and wrist, multiple lacerations, and hypothermia—the injuries precluded the Dolphin from hosting him aloft. The RHIB therefore returned the man to Klakring, where the ship’s medical team stabilized him. A Coast Guard helo then transported Schultz to the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston, where he recovered following emergency surgery.


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Steve Thomas

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