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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55899
Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Time:c. 15:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed F-104F Starfighter
Owner/operator:WaSLw10 Luftwaffe
Registration: BB+387
MSN: 5074
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Balkhausen/Kerpen -   Germany
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Nörvenich AB
Destination airport:
Four Luftwaffe F-104F Starfighters were lost when they flew into the ground together while descending through a cloud bank in formation, while practising for the introduction-to-service ceremony for the type. Pilot OLt Heinz Freye (27).
The accident was thought to be caused by spatial disorientation of one of the (trainee) wingmen.


Colonel Bruce Jones, USAF (retired), as a result of a conversation with the pilot of the chase plane, Maj. Tom Perfili,15189188,16429834.html

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Revision history:

10-Aug-2009 01:39 angels one five Updated
07-Jul-2010 11:48 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Jul-2010 11:52 TB Updated [Departure airport]
02-Jun-2011 15:07 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2011 16:06 TB Updated [Narrative]
02-Jun-2011 16:08 TB Updated [Source]
04-Jun-2011 02:28 TB Updated [Time, Source]
16-May-2013 08:08 speerj Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-May-2013 09:25 Anon. Updated [Source]
09-Oct-2013 18:09 TB Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2013 18:14 TB Updated [Source]
01-Jan-2020 07:38 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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