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F-16 Crash at Shaw AFB

Old 1st Jul 2020, 06:58
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F-16 Crash at Shaw AFB


F-16 Crashes At Shaw Air Force Base In South Carolina

Details remain very limited, but a crash involving one of the 20th Fighter Wing's F-16s occurred on the evening of June 30th, 2020 at Shaw Air Force Base. Flames and emergency vehicles could be seen on base as the incident unfolded. As it sits now, the pilot's status is unknown.

A statement from the base reads:

A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. crashed at approximately 2330 yesterday, June 30, 2020, here on base. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.

Shaw Air Force Base emergency responders are on scene. The cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, are unknown at this time.*

As soon as additional details become available, information will be provided.

Shaw AFB is home to three squadrons of Block 50 F-16CMs, which specialize in the suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses and are commonly referred to as Wild Weasels due to their unique mission set.

(*A report on the USAF NCO Facebook page says that the pilot has been taken to Prisma Tuomey for treatment.)

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Old 1st Jul 2020, 12:50
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From the Shaw AFB Facebook page:

Update: Pilot confirmed deceased

The pilot of the F-16CM that crashed at approximately 2330 on June 30, 2020, during a routine training mission here at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., was pronounced dead.

The name of the pilot is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification. Out of respect and consideration for the family, we ask for your patience and to avoid speculation until we release more information.
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P.S. Considering the time of the crash, I would venture that there was an ongoing fairly important exercise or ORI. Training at midnight is rare, but during ORI's we flew 24/7 to simulate first few days of a major conflict - figure WW3 in Europe or maybe Korea.

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Old 1st Jul 2020, 17:50
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I wonder if they still preface the narrative in the reports "during a routine training mission ..."
or if that turn of phrase has been overtaken by something else.
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