Accident General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 81-0692, 16 Nov 1982
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46913
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:80th TFSqn /8th TFWg USAF (80th TFSqn /8th Tactical Fighter Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 81-0692
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 AFB, South Korea (RKJK)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
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.



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]
13-Feb-2021 09:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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