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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46913
Last updated: 4 July 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:80th TFS, 8th TFW, USAF (80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 81-0692
C/n / msn: 61-373
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Taejon -   South Korea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kunsan AB, South Korea (RKJK)
Destination airport:
Went down near Taejon, South Korea. The pilot, Capt. Theodore Harduvell, was killed during a low level training mission. Harduvell had just joined the 80th TFS in March of 1982. The insuing litigation against General Dynamics over the mishap, by Harduvell's widow, inspired the film "Afterburn".

In 1987, Janet Harduvel won a $3.1 million dollar jury award against General Dynamics Corporation, alleging a flight instrumentation malfunction due to a short circuit caused by frayed ("chafed") wiring, led to his crash. The verdict would "ultimately be overturned, not on its merits, but on the basis that federal defense contractors enjoy blanket immunity from such lawsuits." A subsequent defeat on appeal followed.



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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
23-Mar-2012 10:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2013 00:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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