HAHN JET CRASHES ON LANDING

01 DEC 1982, Hahn AB, West Germany-  F-16A 80-0564, Call Sign “Curl 8”  of the 313th FTS, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing crashed on landing at Hahn Airbase.  The pilot, First Lieutenant Rick French, ejected safely.

“Landing runway 04, crosswind component had many aircraft crabbing in on final. Last plane out on this particular night…Inbound with the GCA, pilot took over visually and hit the runway 22 localizer, stripped the landing gear, lost hydraulics, computer took over and a/c executed burner climb with pilot ejection at apex.” -Eye Witness

The jet hit the approach lights and lost hydraulics. It went into a maximum burner climb, looped and consequently crashed in the woods off base, one and-a-half miles (2.5 Km) to the Northwest.

 

This happened again in January 1988.  We were TDY to Spain and got orders from Hahn to inspect all the Main Landing Gear attach points.  They were all fine.

What had happened was that F-16C 84-1300 came in for a night landing and clipped the landing light tower just like Lt. French had in 1982.  In this case, the aircraft hit the steep slope of ground on the approach end.  It bounced and ground to a halt on the runway.  When the Fire department arrived, they found the canopy open and the seat still in the cockpit.  After a brief  search, the pilot was found in the grass between the runway.  In a fetal position, crying.

 

 

 

Where’s My Jet?

Ever wonder where your jet wound up?  Put in storage at AMARC or maybe flown as a drone and then blew away by some F-22 jock.  The lucky ones get put in museums or on a stick or maybe they’re a Gate Guard.

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The Crash of 311

23 SEP 2000-First Lieutenant Doyle Pompa ejected safely at 7:45 hours. The location was fourteen miles southwest of Sells, Arizona on the Barry M. Goldwater range. The pilot was engaged in an air-to-air fighting training. It was later revealed that the student pilot without realizing, pulled the throttle into the cut-off location during the intensity of the exercise. An airstart was performed, but seemed unsuccessfull due to the pilot applying the Critical Action Procedures (CAPs) incorrectly. All Luke based F-16’s were grounded as a result. The mishap was not a fleet wide problem, so flying resumed on June 20th.