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Hill F-16 crashes over Utah Salt Flats

January 9, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A 388th Fighter Wing F-16C crashed Jan. 8 while flying a simulated bombing mission over the Utah Test and Training Range near Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, about 100 miles west of Hill AFB.
The pilot, Lt. Col. Judd Kelley, from the 34th Fighter Squadron, ejected safely from the single-seat aircraft. He was transported to the Hill AFB hospital by a Utah Army National Guard HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

Following the accident, the 388th FW cancelled flying for the remainder of the day and Jan. 9.

An accident board is being formed to investigate the accident.