mxaxai
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USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:21 pm

An F-16 crashed in south-west Germany today on a training flight. The pilot reportedly ejected and has only minor injuries. Cause is still unknown.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/1 ... -hospital/
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:05 pm

T-ONLINE reports, that the F16 belonged to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
Spangdalem is located rough 40 km north from the town of Trier in south-west Germany.

Pilot escaped with the ejection seat and was brought into a hospital with minor injuries.

Homepage of the air base with information about the crash:

http://www.spangdahlem.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1983521/f-16-crashes-near-spangdahlem-pilot-ok/

The cause of the crash is still unknown.
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:34 am

The jet "mowed off treetips and cut a lane through the forest approximately 1 kilometer long".
https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland ... t-100.html

Doesn't sound like a lawn dart.
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:14 pm

mxaxai wrote:
The jet "mowed off treetips and cut a lane through the forest approximately 1 kilometer long".
https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland ... t-100.html

Doesn't sound like a lawn dart.


It's expending it's capabilities, not the same jet as in the 70-ish. ;)
Many happy landings, greetings from The Netherlands!
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:31 am

German news agencies are reporting that the USAF published a final report on the cause of the crash:
The F-16 lost electrical power at several flight instruments (possibly flight controls too) shortly after takeoff. As the pilot was flying under IFR in poor visibility and was unable to switch to backup instruments, the best course of action was to eject.
https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland ... 6-100.html
I can't find the original report, though. Where would these typically be published?
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:47 pm

With all of the large hills around Spangdahlem, coupled with the typically low cloud ceiling, I'd imagine that must have been a pretty terrifying experience for the pilot.
 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:41 am

 
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Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:24 pm

cpuckett wrote:

Thanks. That's a pretty detailed report. I can absolutely understand the pilot's decision to eject, after breaking through the clouds twice but still unable to make sense from his instruments. The cooperation between USAF and local emergency services also worked quite well.

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