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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161212
Last updated: 19 May 2019
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Time:16:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:13th FS, 35th FW, USAF (13th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 92-3901
C/n / msn: CC-143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Balad Joint Air Base, Balad, Yethrib, Salah ad Din Governate -   Iraq
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Balad Air Base, Iraq (ORBD)
Destination airport:
Written off 16 July 2007; Lost during take off from Balad Joint Air Base, Balad, Yethrib, Salah ad Din Governorate, Iraq, at 16.55 hours local, with the pilot managing to eject safely.

Accident investigation found that the nose gear tire was at low pressure and maintenance failed to properly check the tire pressure. During take off roll, the nose gear tire blew when the aircraft reached 150 mph.

Pilot heard the pop, and thought it was an engine failure, so aborted the take-off, even though at high speed and running out of runway. Shortly after the nose gear collapsed and due to severe lack of control, the pilot (also a commander) elected to eject. Aircraft continued another 2,000 feet until it went off the runway where it tumbled end-over-end coming to rest upside down. Fire erupted and the 20 mm rounds cooked off.



F-16 92-3901 parked at Avalon (Geelong) (AVV / YMAV), Victoria, Australia 15 February 2003 Lockheed F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, USA - Air Force AN0322977

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Revision history:

03-Oct-2013 19:31 gerard57 Added
27-Nov-2013 07:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Dec-2013 05:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]

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