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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66535
Last updated: 26 August 2021
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Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16C Block 30
Owner/operator:93rd FS, 482nd FW, USAF (93rd Fighter Squadron, 482nd Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 87-0347
MSN: 5C-608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Mexico, W of Key West, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Homestead AFB, Florida (HST/KHST)
Destination airport:
An F-16 from the 93rd FS, 482nd FW, based out of Homestead Air Reserve Base crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening during a routine training mission.

The jet 87-0347 went into waters west of Key West, Florida at about 7:30 pm, said Homestead spokesman Tim Norton. The F-16 pilot, ejected from the aircraft and was picked up by a Navy helicopter. Norton went on to say the pilot was taken to a Key West hospital and was released hours later.

Cause was reported to have been spatial disorientation of pilot during night aggressor scenario mission. The pilot, who was wearing night vision goggles, lost contact with the horizon as he was turning 90 degree's to his left, while his jet was descending from around 22,000 feet to 12,000 feet.

While descending in the dive, he lost contact with the horizon, and became disoriented. His senses could not judge if he was in level flight, according to the board of enquiry. His lack of scanning of cockpit instruments also compounded matters.

The pilot was so disoriented that, when he thought he was turning upward in an 8.75G climb, he actually increased the steepness of the dive, the AIB report said.

The official USAF AIB report also gives the crash location as "126 nautical miles west-south-west of Homestead AFB, within the boundaries of Military Operating Area 174B, west of Key West Florida"



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Revision history:

21-Jul-2009 21:55 Harmy Added
22-Jul-2009 00:55 Harmy Updated
05-Apr-2012 23:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2013 15:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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