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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60395
Last updated: 24 January 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F15 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
Owner/operator:53rd TFS,36th TFW, USAF
Registration: 76-0053
C/n / msn: 0237/A205
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ahlhorn, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, 13 miles NNE of Bitburg AFB -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bitburg AFB, Rhineland-Palatinate (BBJ/ERAB)
Destination airport:
The accident F-15 was one of a flight of four en route to an Air Combat Tactics/Air Refuelling mission. After take-off from Bitburg the aircraft formated for a standard instrument departure and established radio and radar contact with departure control.

Shortly after, the departure radar failed and the flight leader, Adler 21, was: informed that radar contact had been lost. Adler 21 told departure control that he was in visual meteorological conditions (free of cloud) and was instructed to continue the instrument departure. Radar contact was re-established one minute later, by which time the flight was flying level in cloud at 7,000ft.

Departure control requested all aircraft except the flight, leader to switch off their radar transponders. Shortly after, Adler 24 called "Four is lost wingman," indicating that he had lost contact with the flight. Adler 21 acknowledged. Seventeen seconds later Adler 23 called "Two-three is lost wingman." The flight leader acknowledged and informed departure control of his lost wingmen, requesting permission to climb above the clouds.

The flight was cleared to climb to 20,000ft, but Adler 21 levelled off above the clouds at 9,500ft. Adler 23 rejoined the flight visually. A radio, radar and visual search failed to locate Adler 24. The aircraft crashed Ahlhorn, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, 13 nautical miles north-north-east of Bitburg AFB. The canopy was still on the aircraft and ejection had not been initiated. The pilot (1st Lt. Mike Mark) was killed on impact.


1. Davies, Steve; Dildy, Doug (2007). F-15 Eagle Engaged—The World's Most Successful Jet Fighter. Botley, Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-169-4 p.240

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Revision history:

01-Apr-2012 15:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Apr-2012 11:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Apr-2012 12:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Apr-2012 13:06 Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Aug-2013 19:48 Uli Elch Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
12-Jul-2016 00:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
12-Jul-2016 00:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator]
12-Jul-2016 00:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jul-2016 00:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport]

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