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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162548
Last updated: 8 November 2020
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Time:05:31 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16CM
Owner/operator:55th FS, 20th FW, USAF (55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 93-0554
C/n / msn: CC-189
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Balad Joint Air Base, Balad, Salah ad Din Governate -   Iraq
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Balad Air Base, Iraq (ORBD)
Destination airport:
Written off 12 November 2008; Destroyed on the ground when a fire broke out while the engine was running at Balad JAB, Iraq. The official USAF AIB report states that the fire broke out whilst the F-16 was fast taxying, and beginning its take off roll, at the point where the pilot had just selected afterburner to increase thrust to take off rate ("V1"). The pilot heard a "pop" and flames began to emit from the tailpipe.

Take off aborted, and the aircraft ran off to the right off the runway, 1,800 feet from the end of the runway at Balad Joint Air Base. The F-16 travelled a further 900 feet, at which point the undercarriage collapsed.

The pilot opened the canopy and escaped without any issues. (No ejection sequence was initiated - pilot did NOT eject). Fire engulfed the F-16, and some of the onboard weapons began exploding. The fire and explosions destroyed a lot of the fuselage and warped the right wing

Cause of accident was attributed to a catastrophic destruction of the engine when the second stage turbine disk fan failed due to an unrecognised sub-surface crack



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Revision history:

29-Nov-2013 03:50 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Nov-2013 03:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]

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