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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46633
Last updated: 3 March 2020
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Time:09:31 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:161st TFTS, 184th TFG, Kansas ANG, USAF (161st TFTS, 184th TFG, Kansas ANG, United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0009
C/n / msn: 61-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eureka MOA, near Beaumont, Butler County, Kansas -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (IAB/KIAB)
Destination airport:McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (IAB/KIAB)
On January 24th 1991, two F-16As of the 161st TFTS, 184th TFG, Kansas Air National Guard, USAF (78-0009 and 80-0536) collided and crashed near Beaumont, Kansas. One of the two pilots, Major Cary Carlin, was killed; the other pilot (name censored/redacted) ejected safely (Arthur Harrison)

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

"Devil 31 flight, two F-16A aircraft, Devil 31 lead and Devil 32 wing, was scheduled for a 0900 CST take off on 24 January 1991. The flight was a Continuation Training (CT) mission for both pilots, and was scheduled to perform the training within the Eureka Military Operating Area (MOA). The flight was a local training.sortie scheduled for 1.1 hours duration with recovery back at McConnell. 'Devil 31 flight departed McConnell AFB at 08:58 CST on 24 Jan 01, and at approximately 09:31 CST collided in mid-air and impacted the ground in the western-portion of the-Eureka MOA, 40 nautical
miles East North east of McConnell AFB, Kansas; both aircraft were destroyed."

The redacted report does not make it clear which pilot was in which aircraft; therefore, it is presumed (but not confirmed) that Major Carlin was flying in F-16A 80-0536, and the the other pilot (who survived the collision) was in 78-0009


1. Flight International 13/19 May 1992

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
14-Jul-2010 10:52 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Source]
02-Jan-2013 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2013 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2016 19:09 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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