ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206354
Last updated: 11 December 2018
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:20-FEB-2018
Time:08:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16CM Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:US Air Force (USAF), 35th Fighter Wing
Registration: 92-3883
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:Lake Ogawara, Tohoku town, Aomori prefecture -   Japan
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Misawa Air Base (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:Misawa Air Base (MSJ/RJSM)
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
An F-16 of 35th Fighter Wing, based at Misawa experienced an engine fire just after takeoff from Misawa at 08:39 LT. The pilot declared an emergency and jettisoned two external fuel tanks over the south part of Lake Ogawara, which is located north of the base. The F-16 made a safe landing at Misawa at 08:42 LT. No injuries were reported. At the time of the incident Shijimi clamming boats were operating in the lake.

The AIB President found by a preponderance of the evidence that the cause of the accident was an obsolete part that fractured, causing the engine to overheat. In 2012, maintenance personnel ordered and installed an obsolete part, a turbine frame forward fairing, years after it was replaced by a forward fairing made of stronger material and design.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20180224030104/http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20180220/k10011335861000.htmlutm_int=news-social_contents_list-items_007
http://www.airforcemag.com/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2018/02202018_F16CM_Misawa.pdf

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report


Related books:

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Feb-2018 08:09 isamuel Added
20-Feb-2018 09:37 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
20-Feb-2018 19:06 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
21-Nov-2018 23:22 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Nov-2018 14:45 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description