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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46415
Last updated: 7 June 2019
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Date:09-DEC-2003
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16AM
Owner/operator:31 Sqn Belgische Luchtmacht
Registration: FA122
C/n / msn: 6H-122
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Failon, Walloon municipality, Province of Namur, Dinant -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium (EBBL)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Ex-USAF 88-0047, built by SABCA, and delivered 30 May 1990. Written off 9 December 2003 when collided with another Belgische Luchmacht F-16A (80-3584, FA-93) at 11:30 hours over Marche-en-Famenne, Ardennes, Belgium.

Both aircraft were conducting a low level "high threat" FAC exercise at the time of the accident. One pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Ronny Vaerten (in F-16AM FA-93) didn't eject and was found in the wrecked cockpit by a Belgische Luchtmacht Sea King SAR helicopter in the vicinity of Havelange (at approximate Coordinates: 5023′N 0515′E)

The other pilot, Lieutenant Wouter Rombouts (in F-16AM FA-122) ejected safely, suffering minor injuries. The pilot had ejected and fell into a tree and was slightly injured. The wreckage of the aircraft was found near Faillon, Namur, Dinant.

(The same pilot was involved in another incident just under three months later, on 26th February 2004, in F-16 FA-89 when he made an emergency landing at Solenzara, Corse, France. No ejection on that occasion, but the pilot sustained bruising on landing)

Sources:

1. http://www.scramble.nl [Scramble 298]
2. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/2565/
3. http://belmilac.wikifoundry.com/page/Part+7+%3A+FA-121+-+FA-136
4. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1988.html
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20090215024916/http://ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-16/BELGIUM/f_16_belgium.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
22-Nov-2013 04:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Nov-2014 08:16 Gloug Updated [Operator]

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