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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46288
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Time:16:21 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16DJ-50
Owner/operator:14th FS, 35th FW, USAF (14th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 90-0837
C/n / msn: CD-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean, Ripsaw Range, 12 miles NW of Misawa, Aomori Prefecture -   Japan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture (MSJ/RJSM)
On April 3 2001 F-16DJ 90-0837 went down over the Pacific Ocean near the Ripsaw Ranges, 12 miles north west of Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Pilot, First Lieutenant Mark Hadley, ejected and was rescued by a Japanese military HH-60 helicopter after 35 minutes of being in the water.

Cause of the crash was FOD (Foreign Object Damage) to the engine. This caused a blade from the third stage compressor to come loose, which punctured the engine's compressor section. Pilot, as a result, was unable to re-light the engine. The aircraft was from the 14th FS but the pilot belonged to the 13th FS.

In May 2001, 80% of the wreckage was recovered, including the engine. However, a US Navy diver, Seaman Matthew Draughon, was killed on May 5th, 2001 during the recovery of debris.


1. (Scramble 264)

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
25-Sep-2013 12:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 00:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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