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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46245
Last updated: 18 December 2019
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Time:20:27 MDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:522nd FS, 27th FW, USAF (522nd Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 87-0316
C/n / msn: 5C-577
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 miles SW of Fort Sumner, de Baca County, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cannon AFB, New Mexico (CVS/KCVS)
Destination airport:Cannon AFB, New Mexico (CVS/KCVS)
Written off 9 September 2002: The pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 27th Fighter Wing from Cannon AFB, near Clovis, New Mexico, died when his aircraft crashed approximately 50 miles west of the base. The official USAF report into the incident, gives the crash location as "approximately 11 miles south west of Fort Sumner"

The pilot, Captain Benton Zettel, 26, from the 522nd Fighter Squadron was on a training mission at the time of the crash. According to the official USAF report into the crash, the cause was attributed to "Loss of control during manoeuvring": a combination of pilot error, spatial disorientation, and pilot-induced G-LOC. There was no attempt by the pilot to eject.


1. [Scramble 284]

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
20-Nov-2013 06:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 16:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 16:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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