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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47567
Last updated: 22 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16B-1
Owner/operator:16th TFTS, USAF (16th TFTS, United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0078
C/n / msn: 62-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hill AFB, near Ogden, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Destination airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
First ever write off of an F-16. The aircraft was written off in a crash while on approach to Hill AFB, Utah. The pilot at the controls was a Belgian pilot on the OT&E (Observation, Test & Evaluation) team. The pilot had refueled and forgot to close the aerial refueling door. Therefore, he could not get gas from his external tanks, which were de-pressurized for the refueling. Worse, the B-model lowered flaps when refueling to provide increased clearance between the boom and the canopy. So he couldn't get external fuel (had two big external tanks) and if he slowed down the flaps extended.

He had plenty of internal gas originally, but apparently failed to monitor the actual amount of internal fuel and suddenly the 'low fuel' light came on! His 'total' fuel was way up, but all the gas in the external tanks was unusable due to no pressurization. He had to manually select the tanks of interest, otherwise what you saw on the gauge was 'total' fuel.

The pilot tried for Hill AFB and slowed to best range speed, slow enough for the trailing flaps to come down and increasing drag/fuel consumption. The F-16 flamed out on downwind and the pilot tried for a dead-stick landing, unfortunately he couldn't make it and ejected at a low altitude. The now pilot-less plane actually made it to the runway overrun and pancaked but was a total loss



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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
07-Nov-2008 12:06 harro Updated
01-Oct-2011 21:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2011 15:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Sep-2013 00:18 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2013 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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