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Jordanian F-16 crashes in eastern desert - Pilot ok

January 27, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 crashed on Sunday in the eastern Jordan's desert during a training flight, state-run Petra news agency said. The pilot, Capt. Ahmad Hazem Alawneh, ejected and was unharmed.

RJAF F-16AM #150 from 1 sqn disconnects from a USAF KC-10A Extender aircraft from 908th EARS after refueling during a multinational exercise on December 9th, 2009, in Southwest Asia. [USAF photo by SSgt. Michael B. Keller]

It seems that the engine of the F-16 suffered a technical problem, which led to its crash around 0900GMT in a desert area,.

No official comment has been made about the crash yet.

In May 2013, another Jordanian military plane, a Firefly, crashed in the north of the kingdom because of technical problems, killing the pilot and a trainee.

If our indications are correct, This is the fifth RJAF F-16 that was lost.

  • April 20th, 2008 F-16A #80-0582 was lost during a routine training mission killing the pilot Hamzah Samir Odeh Al-Abbadi.
  • Sep 1st, 2002: F-16A #81-0672 crashed while the pilot ejected safely.
  • September 28th, 2010: Crashed during a military exercise killing Capt. Saleh Abdul Rahman.
  • February 8th, 2011: Crashed in the desert during a routine training mission over Al-jafer south east of capital Amman killing First Lt. Ma'an Mohamad Khalaf Al-Marabha.

Additional images:

RJAF F-16BM #137 and F-16AM #685 from 1 sqn are spotted with a third sistership over Al Azraq AB on October 21st, 2009 during the Falcon Air Meet. [Trueblueaviationpress photo by Edwin Borremans]

RJAF, BAF and USAF F-16s fly in formation over Jordan during Falcon Air Meet 2009 on October 31st, 2009. [RJAF photo]