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Narrative:Ex-USAF 84-1364, built by Fokker and delivered 30 January 1987. Had a mid-life update between May 2000 and November 2002. Written off August 31 2006. A Dutch pilot died on Thursday when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Afghanistan. The plane crashed around 7 a.m. after making a distress call, but did not report "enemy action," a NATO statement said.
General Dynamics F-16AM
|Owner/operator:||312 Squadron, Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)|
|C/n / msn:|| 6D-121|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Ghazni, Ghazni Province -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Kandahar Airfield (KDH/OAKN)|
|Destination airport:||Kandahar Airfield (KDH/OAKH)|
"The plane was flying at a great height when the accident occurred, which means it can be ruled out that the craft was shot down. We therefore assume it was an accident," the ministry said in a statement.
The F-16 was, early on Thursday morning, returning from a planned mission to Helmand, a province south of Uruzgan where the Dutch are active.
The aircraft crashed in the province of Ghazni, north of where the Dutch are active. It came down from great height. According Dutch Defence sources out of reach of known weapons installations. As far as is known, the pilot did not eject or attempt to eject.
A second Dutch F-16 accompanying the unfortunate F-16, circled in the neighbourhood until rescue and recovery forces arrived. An American rescue team recovered the remains of the pilot and his aircraft. The exact location of the crash site was withheld for security reasons. (However for reference, Ghazni is located at approximate Coordinates: 33°33′N, 68°25′E)
The pilot who was killed was later named as 1st Lt Michael "Sofac" Donkervoort, aged 29.
F-16 J-364 at RAF Mildenhall, UK in May 1997. At the time is was the official 323 Sqn KLu solo display aircraft, hence the bright colour scheme!
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]|
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