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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162525
Last updated: 4 August 2019
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Time:20:58 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C
Owner/operator:16th WS, 57th FWW, USAF (16th WS, 57th Fighter WingW, United States Air Force)
Registration: 91-0386
C/n / msn: CC-84
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tonopah Test Range Airfield, 31 miles SE of Tonopah, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Nellis AFB, Nevada (LSV/KLSV)
Destination airport:Tonopah Test Range Airport (XSD/KTNX)
Written off 12 March 2007: The aircraft crashed at 20:58 hours local (PST, Pacific Standard Time) near the end of the runway, while on approach to the Tonopah Test Range Airfield, 31 miles south east of Tonopah, Nevada (at approximate coordinates: 3747′41″N 11646′43″W)

The aircraft was flying a night training mission over the restricted Nevada Test and Training Range when the throttle cable control became stuck in the "open" position. This led to the F-16 running out of fuel within eight minutes, and the engine flaming out. As a result, the pilot attempted to make a SFO (Standard Flame Out) emergency landing at the nearest airfield, which was Tonopah, Nevada

The pilot (Major David Epperson) tried to make an emergency landing but the lights at the airfield didn't come on, so he tried to land wearing his NVG's (Nigh Vision Goggles). Right before he came in, the runway lights came on and he was blinded. He then saw he was 1,500 feet short of the runway and after he took off his NVG's he ejected safely.



Lt. Col. Philip Hoover flies F-16C block 52 #91-0386 from the 389th FS over the Gulf of Mexico in order to fire an AIM-120A AMRAAM at a sub-scale aerial target drone during a Combat Archer mission on March 26th, 2003 {USAF Press Release Photo] 389th Fighter Squadron General Dynamics F-16C Block 52D Fighting Falcon 91-0386

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Revision history:

27-Nov-2013 05:40 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Dec-2013 05:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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