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Officials release F-15C accident report

Posted 2/22/2012   Updated 2/22/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 120221

2/22/2012 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Given limited evidence, an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board could not determine the cause of an F-15C Eagle crash Oct. 24, 2011, in rural Lincoln County, Nev., according to a report released today.

The jet and pilot are assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The pilot was flying a single-ship advanced handling characteristics sortie on the Nevada Test and Training Range when the aircraft departed from controlled flight, resulting in a spin. A departure from controlled flight is characterized by a large, uncommanded flight path change.

According to the report, the aircraft came out of the spin, but in the process lost considerable altitude and airspeed and left the aircraft in a nose-low attitude. The pilot attempted an aggressive, yet unsuccessful dive recovery and safely ejected seconds before the aircraft crashed 85 miles north-northwest of Nellis AFB.

The aircraft was destroyed and the loss is valued at approximately $32 million. There were no civilian casualties or civilian property damage, and only minor environmental clean-up costs. The pilot suffered minor injuries from the ejection.

For more information, contact Air Combat Command Public Affairs at (757) 764-5007 or email

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