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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161637
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Date:23-OCT-2013
Time:13:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
Owner/operator:Swiss Air Force
Registration: J-5237
C/n / msn: 1339/SFD007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Alpnachstad -   Switzerland
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:LSMM
Destination airport:LSMM
Narrative:
A Swiss Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet impacted a mountain side near Alpnachstad.
The aircraft was one of two which had taken off from Meiringen air base at 13:35 local time for a training sortie, along with a single-seat F/A-18C.
According to investigators, the formation leader opted to return to Meiringen shortly into the flight, after approaching a rain front with a low cloud base. But the pilot first misjudged the room required to complete a turn and then initiated the manoeuvre too late, impacting the mountainside.

Sources:

https://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/zentralschweiz/f-a-18-abgestuerzt-blattmann-wir-befuerchten-das-schlimmste-id2486858.html
http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/zentralschweiz/story/Zweiter-Jet-fuehrte-Notmanoever-durch-24480039
http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/armeechef-blattmann-wir-befuerchten-das-schlimmste
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pilot-error-caused-swiss-hornet-crash-report-concludes-400752/


Images:


Emmen Air Base, Switzerland, 17th July 2012



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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Oct-2013 12:45 harro Added
23-Oct-2013 13:06 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Oct-2013 15:12 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Embed code]
23-Oct-2013 15:48 harro Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2013 16:22 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Registration, Departure airport, Destination airport]
23-Oct-2013 18:20 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Registration, Cn]
25-Oct-2013 07:34 Tommy Maurer Updated [Registration]
25-Oct-2013 10:33 Andy Herzog Updated [Date, Cn, Photo, ]
25-Oct-2013 10:33 harro Updated [Date]
25-Oct-2013 18:11 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Cn, Phase]
25-Oct-2013 18:48 Andy herzog Updated [Photo, ]
25-Oct-2013 18:51 Andy Herzog Updated [Photo, ]
26-Jun-2014 05:56 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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