F-16 Accidents

Crash picture of RNlAF F-16A block 10 #J-252 from 322 sqn on October 4th, 1983. Although repainted at the time of the crash, the color scheme came through uppon impact. [Airliners.net photo by Lieuwe Hofstra]


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    Ran off the runway at Leeuwarden AB. The pilot, Captain J.C. De Vries, was unfortunately killed in the incident. The accident resulted from the ingestion of a heron into the engine at high speed during a heavy weight take-off roll. Since the hook system did not function correctly, the arrestor cable was missed and the aircraft left the end of the runway with a speed of approximately 100kts. Immediately thereafter it overturned and came across a ditch which tore off the nose gear and the nose section. When the aircraft came to a halt, everything ahead of the fuel tank was gone

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