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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46603
Last updated: 27 August 2020
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Time:15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16B
Owner/operator:466th TFS, 419th TFW, USAF (466th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 419th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 79-0419
C/n / msn: 62-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Utah Test & Training Range, 80 miles W of Salt Lake City, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Destination airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Crashed 14 November 1991 onto Utah Test & Training Range, 80 miles W of Salt Lake City, Utah, at co-ordinates 41"51.2' North, 113"00.4 West. Both pilots, Captain Michael Terrance Sowell and Captain Arnold Arthur Clarke, did not eject, and were killed. The aircraft suffered a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).

Per the following extract (albeit redacted) of the official USAF report into the incident:

"Four F-16A/B aircraft, call sign Thud 01-04 took off from Hill AFB, Utah, at 1447 local time on 14th November 1991. They were to conduct Surface Attack Tactics training on the Helicopter Air-to Ground (HAG) Range located within R6404 with coordinated low altitude air-to-air training (LOWAT) support from Cyborg flight, a flight of two F-16A aircraft.

Approximately 13 minutes after takeoff, the mishap aircraft, Thud 03, impacted a ridge destroying the aircraft and fatally injuring both pilots. There was no attempt initiated by either pilot to eject

The aircraft impacted into the ground at co-ordinates 41"51.2' North, 113"00.4 West. Flight data indicated the aircraft was heading at 232.06 degrees magnetic at approximately 400 knots IAS (indicated airspeed) when it impacted the ridge.The aircraft was in a five degree nose down attitude at the point of impact"


1. Flight International 13/19 May 1992

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
14-Jul-2010 10:44 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
08-Nov-2013 00:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Nov-2013 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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