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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162509
Last updated: 8 October 2019
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Time:14:09 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:22nd FS, 52nd FW, USAF (22nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 91-0337
C/n / msn: CC-35
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oberkail, near Spangdahlem Air Base (SPM/ETAD) (Rhl.-Pfalz) -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Spangdahlem AB (SPM/ETAD)
Destination airport:Spangdahlem AB (SPM/ETAD)
F-16C 91-0337 (call sign STING 1) was written off 14 September 2006 at 14:09 local time, when the F-16C suffered a landing gear failure near Spangdahlem AB after hitting an antenna during a landing attempt, damaging the undercarriage.

The aircraft then ran out of fuel before the problem could be fixed, and the pilot, 1st Lieutenant Trevor Merrell, executed a controlled bailout. The pilot aircraft then briefly flew on before crashed into a cow pasture on the outskirts of Oberkail.

The accident was caused by a visual illusion at Spangdahlem AB. The runway has an upslope, making the pilot think he is coming in too high, forcing him to take a lower approach, with the consequence of the aircraft undershooting on approach.




Photo of 91-0337 courtesy

Karup (EKKA / KRP)
29 August 1995; (c) Joop de Groot

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26-Nov-2013 04:29 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Oct-2014 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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