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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46632
Last updated: 1 May 2020
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Time:15:25 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:171st FISqn /191st TFGp Michigan ANG USAF (171st FISqn /191st TFGp Michigan ANG United States Air Force)
Registration: 81-0717
C/n / msn: 61-398
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Peck MOA, Huron County, near Fairhaven, Michigan -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Selfridge ANGB, Michigan (MTC/KMTC)
Destination airport:Selfridge ANGB, (MTC/KMTC)
F-16A 81-0717 of the 171st FIS, 191st TFG, Michigan Air National Guard, USAF was destroyed when it crashed en route to the Peck Military Operating Area (MOA) in Huron County, near Fairhaven, Michigan. The pilot ejected safely.

Per extract from the (redacted) official report into the incident:

"The mishap aircraft, Cobra 1 (F-16A, 81-0717), took off from Selfridge ANGB, MI, at 15:01 EST, 26 January 1991, to conduct a basic fighter manoeuvering (BFM) mission in Peck Military Operating Area (MOA) located approximately 70 miles north of Selfridge ANGB. Ordnance on board the aircraft included: one AIM-9L missile (inert), 510 rounds 20 mm and flares.

Anticipating bailout, he manoeuvered the aircraft to avoid buildings. The mishap aircraft impacted the ground in an open farm field at a low trajectory angle at 1525 EST, 26 January 1991, at Huron County, MI (at 43.47N, 83.22W). This is no direct evidence indicating the mishap aircraft's airspeed at time of impact

The mishap pilot initiated ejection at approximately 2,000 ft MSL, 150 KIAS. The entire ejection sequence functioned normally.

Several local newspapers, including the Huron Daily Tribune, The Progress Advance, and The Tuscola County Advertiser were involved in post-crash coverage. Media representatives were briefed by Selfridge ANGB public affairs office. Aircraft was totally destroyed; aircraft wreckage was returned to Selfridge ANGB by elements of the 191st FIG"

The redacted report does not name the pilot involved.


1. Flight International 13-19 May 1992

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
14-Jan-2009 11:15 harro Updated
06-Nov-2013 18:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2013 18:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-May-2020 16:32 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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