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Air Force finds blackout or disorientation caused Singapore AF F-16 crash

December 8, 2004 (by Kevin Coyne) - Air Force officials announced investigation findings of the May 19 F-16 Fighting Falcon crash on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona. The pilot, Singaporean air force 2nd Lt. Kwang Han Loo, was killed in the crash.
He was assigned to the 425th Fighter Squadron, a foreign military training squadron, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

The investigation determined the crash was caused by either a G-induced loss of consciousness, spatial disorientation or a combination thereof, officials said.

During an intercept portion of the mission, the pilot began a maneuver from about 14,000 feet that resulted in the aircraft hitting the ground in a nearly vertical dive. The pilot did not attempt to eject, and the aircraft was destroyed.

Courtesy Air Education and Training Command News Service

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