ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89860
Last updated: 30 August 2014
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Time:12:48 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C Block 52+
Owner/operator:343 Mira, Hellenic Air Force
Registration: 514
C/n / msn: XK-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:21 miles SE of Karpathos,Dodecanese islands, South Eastern Aegean Sea -   Greece
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Kastelli
Destination airport:Kastelli
Ex-USAF 99-1514, delivered to Greece under FMS Program Peace Xenia III on 2 October 2003. Written off 23 May 2006 at 12:48 hours local, this aircraft suffered a mid-air with a Turkish F-16C at 27,000 feet some 15 km off the Greek island of Karpathos, Dodecanese islands, in the south eastern Aegean Sea, (at approximate Coordinates 3535′N, 278′E) and consequently crashed some 21 miles south east of the coast of that island.

The Greek F-16C had been scrambled to intercept three Turkish aircraft (two F-16Cs and a RF-4E Phantom) that had, in view of the Greeks, unlawfully entered Greek airspace. (The Greek and Turkish Governments disagree over how much from the coast in this area their respective territorial airspace boundaries should be)

Both were involved in a mock dogfight when one of the pilots made an error resulting in the collision. Some sources claim that the Greek and Turkish aircraft were flying aggressively, to see which would back down.

The Turkish pilot, 1st Lieutenant Halil Ibrahim Ozdemir ejected safely with only minor injuries, but the Greek pilot, Flight Lieutenant Konstantinos Iliakis, didn't survive this accident. Later the body of the pilot was recovered by a Turkish Navy frigate which was assisting in the S.A.R. operation.At 22:31 hours a Hellenic Air Force Super Puma helicopter landed on the Turkish vessel and received the body of the pilot.


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Revision history:

05-Feb-2011 08:15 nikitas Added
08-Jun-2011 09:28 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Source]
22-Feb-2012 01:13 Updated [Registration, Operator, Source]
02-Jan-2013 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2013 19:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2013 02:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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