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Narrative:Written off 22 December 1999 when Piper PA-28-140 PH-BLY collided with an F-16AM fighter (Klu J-059) in flight, and crashed at Hoeven, Halderberge, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. The (female) F-16 pilot ejected safely.
General Dynamics F-16AM
|Owner/operator:||315 Sqn Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)|
|C/n / msn:|| 6D-142|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Hoeven, Halderberge, Noord-Brabant, -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Volkel AB, Netherlands (UDE/EHVK)|
|Destination airport:||Volkel AB, Netherlands (UDE/EHVK)|
According to contemporary eyewitness reports:
"The accident happened on the 22nd December 1999. Pilot was 1st Lt Lonneke Maes of 315 Squadron. The F-16 was a F-16AM (MLU upgrade) with serial J-059 and was the very first F-16AM that the KLu lost.
The aircraft collided with Piper PA-28 with registration PH-BLY. Both pilot and student of the PA-28 were killed on impact, the F-16 was badly damaged, several systems out and an engine fire. 1st Lt Maes was forced to eject after which the F-16 crashed into a farmers field, not far from where the wreckages of the PA-28 had crashed."
It was concluded that regulations regarding uncontrolled airspace in force at the time where insufficient to avoid a collision between high speed aircraft and other air traffic.
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16A, J-059, at the 1994 RAF Woodford Airshow (25 June 1994)
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]|
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