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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15871
Last updated: 12 October 2019
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Date:14-MAR-2008
Time:12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Martin F-16C
Owner/operator:62nd FS, 56th FW, USAF (62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 84-1273
C/n / msn: 5C-110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles S of South of Alamo Lake, La Paz County, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Luke AFB, Arizona (LUF/KLUF)
Destination airport:Luke AFB, Arizona (LUF/KLUF)
Narrative:
Written off 14 March 2008: Lost at 12:17 hours local time when crashed three miles south of Alamo Lake, La Paz County, Arizona, 38 miles north of Wenden, at approximate coordinates: 3413′56″N, 11336′10″W. (The official USAF AIB report gives the crash location as "71 miles north west of Luke AFB").

The aircraft was on a two ship air-to-air student training mission at the time. Sadly the pilot, Second Lieutenant David J. Mitchell of the 112th FS, 180th FW, Ohio Air National Guard (on temporary assignment to the 62nd FS, 56th FW) did not survive. His body was located in a ravine 150 feet from the aircraft wreckage, three miles south of Alamo Lake

He had 237 flight hours of which 26 were in the F-16. Had he lived, Mitchell would have graduated Initial Pilot Training in June of 2008.

Cause of crash was attributed to G-LOC (G-induced loss of consciousness) due to pilot not properly managing high g forces during a turning manoeuvre

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.startribune.com/nation/16686431.html]
2. http://ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=764158
3. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/1603/
4. http://usaf.aib.law.af.mil/ExecSum2008/F-16C_Luke_14Mar08.pdf
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20170218164837/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-16/USAF/f_16_USAF_00s.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Lake_State_Park
7. https://forums.jetphotos.com/showthread.php?42940-F-16-out-of-Luke-AFB-down
8. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/03/15/search-crews-find-f-16-wreckage-outlook-grim-for-missing-air-force-pilot/_.html
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Aviation/Anniversaries/March_14


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Mar-2008 00:08 Fusko Added
16-Mar-2008 11:31 sundog Updated
17-Mar-2008 07:14 Fusko Updated
20-Oct-2008 01:29 RobertMB Updated
29-Nov-2013 02:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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