Incident General Dynamics F-16CG 88-0550, 02 May 1999
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46362
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Time:02:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16CG
Owner/operator:555th FS, 31st FW, USAF (555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 88-0550
MSN: 1C-152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nakucani, Šabac, Mačva, Western Serbia -   Serbia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Aviano AB, Italy (AVB/LIPA)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Written off 2 May 1999 during combat operations over Nakucani, Šabac, Mačva, Western Serbia at approximate co ordinates Latitude 44°36' 5" north, Longitude 19°40'1.8" east.

Claims that the F-16CG were shot down by Yugoslav Neva-M (SA-3 Goa) surface-to-air- missile (SAM) from 3rd Battalion 250th Missile Brigade during the Balkan conflict are not quite accurate. The missile was a "near miss", and failed to strike the F-16, but it did explode in close proximity of the F-16, causing the pieces of shrapnel to both penetrate the airframe and be ingested into the engine.

The pilot (Lieutenant Colonel David Goldfein) survived, ejected safely, and was subsequently rescued by a SAR Helicopter just 20 minutes after landing. The tail section and canopy have been displayed at the Museum Of Warplanes in Belgrade since 1999 .


1. Air Forces Monthly APR 2002, p31

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
03-Jul-2010 03:00 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Country, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2013 01:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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