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Cannon F-16D crashes during incentive flight

December 3, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An Air Force F-16D from Cannon AFB crashed at 0900h, Dec. 4th, about 30 miles south of Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The aircraft was flying an incentive flight at the time of the incident.

USAF F-16D block 30 #87-0389 belonging to the 522nd FS from Cannon AFB, New Mexico. This aircraft had two mishaps. First was a collision with F-16C #87-0270 on January 26th, 1994 and then was written off on December 4th, 1998 after an engine failure. [Photo by Mike Kopack]

The pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Randel Meyer, and the passenger, Senior Airman Hugo Serrano-Molina, both ejected safely, but with Hugo breaking his ankle. The aircraft was on an incentive flight as a reward for Hugo.

The aircraft was based at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. Cause of the crash was engine failure.

This F-16 (#87-0389)had been involved in a collision on the runway on January 26, 1994 at Wright Patterson AFB.