Wednesday, October 9, 2013

F-16 Crash-Lands, But Fleet Remains Intact

A mishap in Antofagasta
An F-16 pilot made an emergency landing at the air base in Antofagasta Oct. 8 after the aircraft blew a tire on takeoff. The pilot was not hurt, although the plane sustained significant damage. Last year, another F-16 MLU was damaged in a similar crash landing that was caused by a landing-gear failure. But after seven years of service in the Air Force, none of the 44 F-16s has been lost, and they continue to undergo upgrades. In fact, FACh has had a pretty clean safety record with its combat jets. The F-5E/F Tiger squadron, now at the twilight of a service life that began in 1976, remains largely intact. The Mirage 5/50 fleet did suffer some attrition before those fighter-bombers were retired. Seven times pilots ejected from their Mirages in the 1982-2003 period, according to a website that tracks pilot ejections. Three ejections are recorded for the domestically built A-36, including at least one fatal accident. Among non-combat aircraft, a pilot with the Halcones acrobatic aviation team was killed during a training exercise in 2011. Also that year, two pilots were among 21 killed when a CASA 212 light transport plane crashed while attempting to land.


Anonymous said...

The crash per year rate of the FACH is very low, it's really quite impressive compared to world averages.

Anonymous said...

Ja ja ja making excuses to justify the adquisition of these obsolete second hand aircrafts. I wonder If they are not able to stand the rigors of routine training how do expect to perform when they are send into a combat mission, will they stand the extreme stress? I don,t think they will. That,s why these fleet does not scare anyone.