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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46220
Last updated: 18 October 2019
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Time:09:28 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:61st FS, 56th TW, USAF (61st Fighter Squadron, 56th TW, United States Air Force)
Registration: 85-1445
C/n / msn: 5C-225
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gila Bend AFB, Maricopa County, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Gila Bend AFB, Arizona (GBN/KGBN)
Destination airport:Gila Bend AFB, Arizona (GBN/KGBN)
Written off 13 June 2003: It was at 9:28 hours when Captain Scott Arbogast ejected over the Barry M. Goldwater training range, Arizona. The cause of the crash was due a bird strike - the ingestion of a Turkey Vulture - while practicing take-offs and landings at Gila Bend auxiliary field.

The F-16 bird stirke occurred five miles from Gila Bend, shortly after take off: the aircraft attempted to return to the airfield, but came down just 350 feet from the perimeter fence at approximate Coordinates: 3253′15″N, 11243′12″W


1. [Scramble 292]

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
21-Nov-2013 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Jul-2014 07:39 wjr Updated [Narrative]

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