Incident General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 83-1089,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161916
 
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Date:Tuesday 15 January 1991
Time:14:55 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:308th TFSqn /31st TFWg USAF
Registration: 83-1089
MSN: 61-642
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Everglades, 19 nm NW of Homestead AFB, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Homestead AFB, Florida (HST/KHST)
Destination airport:Homestead AFB, Florida (HST/KHST)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Written off 15 January 1991: Crashed into the Everglades, 19 nautical miles north-west of Homestead AFB, Florida. The aircraft was lost due to a burn-through in the engine and airframe. The pilot (captain Charles Q. Brown, call-sign "STUD 81") ejected when Air Traffic Control personnel saw a fire plume coming from the side of the aircraft.

It was later determined that during a flame holder assembly change, a maintenance rag was left in the afterburner section causing a hot spot. The air force F-16 units then began counting rags taken out on a daily basis. The aircraft was viewed with the vertical stabilizer above the water as it crashed in shallow water at the end of the runway.

NOTE: The official Board of Inquiry report dates this accident as 1991, despite other sources listing the accident as 15 January 1990. This is backed up by an eyewitness report:

"With regard to the F-16 crash at Homestead AFB (83-1089) It didn't crash in 1990 as I reported to that base in April 1990 and the crash occurred after that. I was home on leave when that crash occurred and I always took leave in Dec/Jan so that means it would've crashed in 1991. That aircraft crashed in the Everglades where the pilot was rescued."

Sources:

1. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/1419/
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1983.html
3. http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0301/ML030170515.pdf
4. http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?78160-F-16-Crash-at-Luke-AFB-pilot-OK/page3

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Nov-2013 21:50 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Feb-2021 10:14 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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