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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46709
Last updated: 23 September 2019
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Date:05-JAN-1989
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:31st TFW, 308th TFS, USAF (31st Tactical Fighter Wing, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron, United States Air Force)
Registration: 83-1116
C/n / msn: 61-669
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Lake Okeechobee, Florida, at Coordinates 2656′N, 8048'E -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Homestead AFB, Florida (HST/KHST)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off when crashed 5 January 1989, into the Avon Park Air Force Range, North of Lake Okeechobee, Polk County, Florida, at Coordinates 2656′N, 8048'E. According to contemporary press reports:

"A U.S. Air Force F-16 crashed in a cow pasture north of Lake Okeechobee located in south-central Florida, yesterday. The pilot manged to safely eject and only suffered some bruises.

The impact of the crash cut a 5-foot-deep trench into the ground and ignited a grass fire that burned 50 acres. Firefighters fought the blaze for two hours after the 10.00am crash.

First Lt. Mark Pugh, 27, of Belpre, Ohio, was flying the single-seat F-16 (#83-1116) on a a surface attack/tactics training mission from Homestead Air Force Base at the southern end of Dade County.

He was #4 in the formation. While egressing the target area at ~515 knots, his canopy struck an approximately 8-pound Turkey buzzard directly in front of the HUD (Head Up Display). The bird's remains penetrated the canopy (this was the first USAF penetration of an F-16 canopy) and hit Pugsly in the chest, knocking his left hand onto the ejection handle and his right arm off the sidestick back against the bulkhead. He could only see a small gap near his left hand on the ejection handle, and that seemed like a good idea, so he ejected.

The airplane continued and crashed off-range, killing a cow. Pugsly's injuries were confined to bruises and lacerations from the canopy plexiglass"

Sources:

1. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/1446/
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194448/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1989.htm
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1983.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Okeechobee
5. http://www.int-birdstrike.org/Amsterdam_Papers/IBSC25%20WPSA1.pdf


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
21-Nov-2011 20:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2011 22:01 Anon. Updated [Registration, Location, Country, Narrative]
23-Mar-2012 11:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
27-Sep-2013 05:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Nov-2013 00:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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