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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230453
Last updated: 13 September 2021
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Time:18:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 90-816
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Rokkasho village, Aomori prefecture -   Japan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Misawa Airport (MSJ/RJSM)
Destination airport:Misawa Airport (MSJ/RJSM)
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
On 6 November 2019, at 0937 Zulu (Z) time, an F-16CM aircraft, tail number 90-816 (Mishap Aircraft (MA)), assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base (MAB), Japan, released an inert GBU-12 bomb that impacted the ground outside of Draughon Range (Range), a U.S. Government-administered bombing range 15 miles north of MAB. The MA was flying with six other aircraft on a night Suppression of Enemy Air Defense Flight Lead
Upgrade sortie. The GBU-12 impacted private property near the northern edge of Lake Ogawara. There were no deaths or injuries and there was no damage to government property or private structures.

The Accident Investigation Board President determined, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the cause of the mishap was pilot error. He concluded that a failure of communication during an assisted weapons deployment procedure caused the MP to fail to confirm that the SPI he had selected was the target to which the other formation was guiding the weapon. Substantially contributing factors include channelized attention, changing weather, and targeting technical error.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

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Revision history:

07-Nov-2019 16:45 isamuel Added
08-Nov-2019 06:10 isamuel Updated [Date, Departure airport, Destination airport]
03-May-2020 11:12 harro Updated [Registration, Total occupants, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
14-Feb-2021 18:39 Anon. Updated [Operator, Accident report, Operator]

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