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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47562
Last updated: 22 April 2019
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Date:01-OCT-1979
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:16th TFTS, USAF (16th TFTS, United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0006
C/n / msn: 61-12
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nellis AFB, 2 miles NE of Rachel, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nellis AFB, Nevada
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed in Nevada due to an engine problem. An MOT&E aircraft was lost as it ran out of flight control authority. The pilot was simply rocking the wings at low altitiude to acknowledge an F-15 simulated attack over Nellis range.

The flight control limitations were not fully known or understood by engineers and the triple ejection racks (TERs) loaded on stations 3 & 7 disrupted airflow over the wings causing loss of control at low altitude. Pilot ejected successfully and was able to steer himself clear of the fireball without injury.


Sources:

http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/16
http://web.archive.org/web/20170306224555/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-16/USAF/f_16_USAF_80s.htm
http://www.dreamlandresort.com/info/crash_sites.html
http://www.rachel-nevada.com/rachel_history.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
12-Apr-2011 15:51 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
03-Oct-2011 14:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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