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Posted 8/26/2013   Updated 8/26/2013 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 082613

8/26/2013 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- A pilot's failure to perceive mountainous terrain in his flight path caused an F-16C Falcon to crash April 3, 2013, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released today. The aircraft crashed into a mountainside 10 nautical miles southeast of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The pilot did not attempt to eject from his aircraft and was killed in the crash.

The aircraft and pilot were assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Airfield. When the accident occurred, the pilot was the flight lead of two F-16s supporting ground forces assigned in the United States Central Command's area of responsibility during a combat mission.

The mishap did not cause civilian injuries or damage civilian property. However, the aircraft and on-board munitions were destroyed upon impact with a loss valued at approximately $30.9 million.

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

9/3/2013 10:07:07 AM ET
How is it that the flight lead hit the mountain and the wingman did not What was the weather Time of day
Cal, Southaven MS
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