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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46306
Last updated: 26 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16CJ
Owner/operator:14th FS, 35th FW, USAF (14th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 90-0801
C/n / msn: CC-1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea of Japan, off Okushiri Island, Hiyama Prefecture, Hokkaidō, -   Japan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture (MSJ/RJSM)
Collided in mid-air with F-16C (90-0801) over the Sea of Japan, off Okushiri Island, Hiyama Prefecture, Hokkaidō, Japan at approximate coordinates Coordinates: 4208′57″N 13928′02″E. Collision happened during air defence exercise during a G-awareness turn.

One pilot, Colonel Michael Lepper, was rescued by Japanese forces in an UH-60. He was the commanding officer of the 35th Operations Group. Piloting the other F-16 was Captain Warren B. Sneed who could not be found and was presumed dead. No ejection was seen from this aircraft.

Both aircraft were participating in Keen Sword exercise. It is not clear which pilot was in which aircraft; however unofficial reports put Captain Sneed in 90-0801, and Col. Lepper in 90-0811
All Misawa based F-16's were grounded till November 16th.


1. [Scramble 259]

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
19-Nov-2013 00:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2013 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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