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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46254
Last updated: 21 September 2020
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Time:11:29 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16CJ-50
Owner/operator:14th FS, 35th FW, USAF (14th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 92-3919
C/n / msn: CC-161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.6 miles north east of Tanosawa, Aomori Prefecture -   Japan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:
The aircraft crashed at 11:29 am at about 1.6 miles north east of the town of Tanosawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The pilot, Major Chad Miller, ejected from the aircraft with minor injuries.

Approximately 15 minutes after beginning a qualification training upgrade mission, Miller reported an engine problem. He immediately turned toward land and attempted to restart the engine four times without success. He turned the aircraft parallel to the coast away from populated areas and then ejected.

He landed in the water approximately 4,500 feet off shore, his aircraft slamming into the sea about 900 feet from the coast.

He was reportedly unhurt after Kunitaka Yamazaki, a 49-year-old fisherman, was one of a dozen with the Oodose Fishermen's Cooperative in Fukaura, 82 miles west of Misawa Air Base, who raced to help retrieve him. Major Miller floated upon the Sea of Japan in his lifeboat for less than an hour.

The aircraft was destroyed upon impact with the water. It is estimated that there were 1,000 gallons of JP-8 fuel aboard the aircraft. Some wreckage reportedly was recovered by local residents after it washed ashore on beaches.

Based on evidence obtained during the investigation, the accident investigation board president's opinion is that a fatigue crack had developed in a high-pressure turbine blade. The crack caused a portion of the blade to fall off that then caused catastrophic damage and failure of the remaining turbine blades. Once the turbines failed, the engine could no longer produce thrust, continue to operate or be restarted.


1. (Scramble 276)

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
01-Oct-2011 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 03:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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