May 12, 2022 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16C Block 40C (#88-0480) belonging to the 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard went off the runway at Sioux Falls on Wednesday afternoon, landing nose-down in the grass.
USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0480 from the 175th FS departed the runway upon landing at Joe Foss Field on May 11th, 2022. [USAF photo]
The pilot was returning from a routine training trip around 14:45h local time.
It seems the jet's landing gear had disintegrated and its nose had split from its body. The canopy was open but not gone, indicating that the pilot climbed out once on the ground at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
Another F-16 from the Oklahoma National Guard crashed in Louisiana in March
while undergoing training in Texas. Its pilot ejected safely.
The Air Force had three F-16 incidents in fiscal 2021, including one that destroyed the plane and killed the pilot. For the past decade, an average of three Fighting Falcons have been totaled each year.