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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46377
Last updated: 21 August 2020
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Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:62nd FS, 56th FW, USAF (62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 84-1304
C/n / msn: 5C-141
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barry M. Goldwater Range, 7 miles S of Gila Bend, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Luke AFB, Arizona (LUF/KLUF)
Destination airport:Gila Bend AFB, Arizona (GBN/KGBN)
Written off 3 February 1999 when crashed just before 10:00 hours at the Barry M. Goldwater range, about seven miles south of Gila Bend, Maricopa County, Arizona. The student pilot, First Lieutenant Esther Obert, radioed that she was having aircraft problems with a fuel leak and engine fire.

She was in a three ship formation. Esther ejected shortly after. 1st Lt. Obert was the first female American F-16 pilot to be involved in a flying accident, and possibly the first female pilot ever to use the ACES II ejection system. She ejected as 2,650 feet AGL, and landed approximately 2.2 miles from the point where the F-16 impacted into the terrain. (*Distance calculated as mean of distances from point of impact to canopy and seat, based on longitude/latitude coordinates)

All Luke AFB F-16's were grounded for safety checks. Cause of the crash was attributed to numerous cracks in the afterburner wall which caused the engine fire to spread.



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Revision history:

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

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