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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196296
Last updated: 27 March 2019
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Time:12:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:USAF Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds
Registration: 91-0466
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Dayton, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Dayton Int'l (KDAY)
Destination airport:Dayton Int'l (KDAY)
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon #8 operated by the Thunderbirds experienced a runway excursion and subsequent nose-over following landing. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the two people onboard, Capt. Erik Gonslaves and Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova were extricated subsequent to disarmament of the ejection seats, having sustained minor or no injuries.

Officials said “excess airspeed and insufficient stopping distance” on the runway — soaked due to inclement weather — at Dayton International Airport, Ohio, resulted in the two-seater aircraft’s crash.“Contributing factors to the accident included: environmental conditions affecting vision, misperception of changing environment, and failure to follow procedures,” it said.

The mishap occurred during a “familiarization flight”. The conditions were bad at the airport, with heavy rain, mist, and winds gusting to 20 knots, the report said. Visibility was at 1 1/2 miles. The report noted Gonsalves missed his first landing approach. The water had blurred his head-up display, known as the HUD, forcing him to rely on cockpit instruments. During the second approach, Gonsalves — unable to see properly because of the torrential rain — focused on the runway more than other factors such as airspeed and distance, it said.

Gonsalves needed a distance of between 7,000 and 8,000 feet to land safely on a wet runway; however, the former A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot misjudged his speed and the needed distance, touching down with only about 6,130 feet left.


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23-Jun-2017 21:10 Geno Added
23-Jun-2017 21:52 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Narrative]
23-Jun-2017 22:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
23-Jun-2017 23:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
23-Jun-2017 23:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
24-Jun-2017 09:27 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Embed code]
24-Jun-2017 09:28 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jun-2017 09:36 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jun-2017 13:34 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jun-2017 13:43 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
24-Jun-2017 16:17 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
03-Nov-2017 20:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
05-Nov-2017 15:05 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
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