F-16 Accidents

Remains of USAF F-16A block 15 #83-1115 which crashed off the coast of Japan on March 22nd, 1987. This is what was left of the tail. [Photo by William Greathouse]


No comments yet.


This image is also used in

  • Aircraft Database: F-16 #83115

    Pilot Captain Larry C. Owsowitz ejected safely and the aircraft hit the water 30 nm East of Hachinohe, Japan. Cause of crash was failure of the high pressure turbine.

    "The cause of the crash was a failure of a spacer between the 13th stage rotor and stator at military power. The 13th stage rotor subsequently failed and punctured the engine case in several places. I attempted 3 restarts that were unsuccessful for obvious reasons." - Larry C. Owsowitz, Lt.Col. (ret)

    The crash happened while the 432nd TFW was converting to the F-16C/D. As aircraft 85-1432 had been marked 432 TFW aircraft 83-1115 had it's Wing King markings removed to prevent any confusing between the two aircraft. The tail was salvaged from the ocean and later used for BDR training.

  • Link this photo

    • Use in a forum post
    • Use to link from other websites