Incident General Dynamics F-16CM Fighting Falcon 92-3883, 20 Feb 2018
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Time:08:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16CM Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:35th FWg USAF (35th Fighter Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 92-3883
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Lake Ogawara, Tohoku town, Aomori prefecture -   Japan
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Misawa Airport (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:Misawa Airport (MSJ/RJSM)
Investigating agency: JTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An F-16 of 35th Fighter Wing, based at Misawa experienced an engine fire just after takeoff from Misawa at 08:39 LT. The pilot declared an emergency and jettisoned two external fuel tanks over the south part of Lake Ogawara, which is located north of the base. The F-16 made a safe landing at Misawa at 08:42 LT. No injuries were reported. At the time of the incident Shijimi clamming boats were operating in the lake.

The AIB President "found by a preponderance of the evidence that the cause of the accident was an obsolete part that fractured, causing the engine to overheat. In 2012, maintenance personnel ordered and installed an obsolete part, a turbine frame forward fairing, years after it was replaced by a forward fairing made of stronger material and design".


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report