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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46342
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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Time:18:32 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 87-0240
C/n / msn: 5C-501
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,2 mi WNW of Vermont, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Springfield ANGB, Springfield, Illinois (SPI/KSPI)
Destination airport:Springfield ANGB, Springfield, Illionois (SPI/KSPI)
Collided with F-16 86-0263. F-16C 86-0263 returned to Springfield ANGB undamaged.

According to the following extract from the summary of the official USAF report into the incident:

"Collided with F-16C (86-0263), near the town of Vermont, Illinois. One pilot landed the aircraft while the other was forced to eject. Cause is believed to have been from one of the pilots losing situational awareness.

The mishap occurred as the upgrading pilot performed an air-to-air intercept on the instructor who was acting as a target and flying slow speed with lights out. A high to low intercept was flown by the upgrading pilot and he did not achieve sufficient lateral displacement for his Vc (overtaking velocity). He rolled out behind the target at 500 feet and 180 knots of overtake.

An evasive manoeuvre was initiated at 200 feet and less than 1 second prior to impact. The right wing impacted and severed the target aircraft's left horizontal tail and severely damaged the corresponding hydraulic integrated servo actuator. The aircraft then experienced total hydraulic failure and went out of control.

The instructor pilot ejected safely and the upgrading pilot flew his damaged aircraft to base."



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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
29-Jan-2012 18:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2013 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2018 19:59 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative]

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