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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71697
Last updated: 27 August 2019
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Time:11:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-18D Hornet
Owner/operator:Finnish Air Force
Registration: HN-468
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Juupajoki -   Finland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:EFHA
Destination airport:EFHA
The aircraft crashed after control was lost during a test flight. The two pilots ejected, sustaining non-lifethreatening injuries.
The aircraft was a rebuild from the F/A-18C (fuselage and one wing from ex Finnish Air Force HN-413) and the CF-18B (nose from ex 188920).
During a tail slide, which was part of the test flight program, a valve failed in the servo cylinder which controls the right hand stabilator movement. The flight control system reverted to mechanical backup mode. When positive control could not be reestablished, the chase aircraft gave the command to eject as airspeed in free fall was rapidly approaching critical values.
The pilots sustained permanent injuries to arms and legs during the ejection. The aircraft was destroyed.

Sources: FINAF press release

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Revision history:

21-Jan-2010 02:48 slowkid Added
21-Jan-2010 03:08 slowkid Updated [Registration, Narrative]
21-Jan-2010 07:28 slowkid Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
21-Jan-2010 09:51 Bleiente Updated [Narrative]
21-Jan-2010 16:41 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Jan-2010 02:25 - Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2011 14:33 slowkid Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2011 15:30 slowkid Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Dec-2013 16:10 Masen63 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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