Hill AFB F-16 crashes on test range; pilot ejects

May 4 2012 - 5:12pm

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STANDARD-EXAMINER FILE PHOTO- Aireal views of the Utah Test and Training Range in Western Utah on the Nevada Border near Ibapah 10/25/02.
F-16 fighter jet
STANDARD-EXAMINER FILE PHOTO- Aireal views of the Utah Test and Training Range in Western Utah on the Nevada Border near Ibapah 10/25/02.
F-16 fighter jet

HILL AIR FORCE BASE - An Air Force F-16 single-seat jet fighter, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, crashed in the Utah Test and Training Range at approximately 8:35 a.m. today, base officials report.

At the time of the accident there was one person on board. The pilot successfully ejected and is being evaluated by medical personnel.

Emergency response teams from Hill Air Force Base are responding to the accident. 

A board of officers will investigate the accident.

Col. Scott Long, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, said it will be between 60 and 90 days before information can be released to the public about what caused the crash. It will take investigators that much time to complete their investigation.

The pilot was participating in readiness-training when something went wrong and the pilot had to eject. The pilot, who is a captain and a very experienced pilot, according to Long, was uninjured and walked to the life-light helicopter.

Long said it is standard procedure to send a helicopter out to the location, and have the pilot sent to the hospital.

At the time of the accident, the pilot was lone person on board.

The last crash of an F-16 was in June of 2009, at the UTTR. Capt. George Houghton, of the 421st Fighter Squadron of Hill's 388th Fighter Wing, died in the crash.

 

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