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Old 24th May 2021, 22:10
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Nellis crash

Details just coming in:
https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-mi...EJMA37JNY6ZQA/
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Old 24th May 2021, 22:56
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Not looking good with it coming down in a residential area. I hope folks have been lucky.

https://www.ktnv.com/news/incident-i...e-in-las-vegas
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Old 24th May 2021, 23:11
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Nellis AFB: "A contractor-operated aircraft that took off from Nellis Air Force Base crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m. May 24 outside the southern edge of the base."

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Old 24th May 2021, 23:36
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Old 24th May 2021, 23:40
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CCFD: Pilot killed as Air Force jet crashes near Carey and Nellis

LOCAL NEWS by: Nikki Bowers

Posted: May 24, 2021 / 02:44 PM PDT / Updated: May 24, 2021 / 04:19 PM PDT LAS VEGAS (KLAS) ó A pilot was killed in an Air Force jet crash Monday afternoon, according to Clark County Fire. It happened on the 2200 block of N. Christy Lane. The area is near E. Carey Avenue and N. Nellis Boulevard.

Initially, Nellis Air Force Base said it was aware of an incident involving an aircraft, via a statement on Twitter, but the agency didnít release much information.

But about an hour later, Nellis AFB tweeted, more information saying it was a contractor-operated aircraft that took off from Nellis Air Force Base that crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m., May 24 outside the southern edge of the base.

Heavy smoke could be scene in the air following the crash. A photo was sent to 8 News Now courtesy Taylor Grimm. And even more smoke and police cars could be seen in the above video sent to 8 News Now by Christian Mendoza.

Governor Steve Sisolak sent a tweet expressing his thoughts and prayers.
There arenít many details about the crash right now.

CCFD: Pilot killed as Air Force jet crashes near Carey and Nellis | KLAS (8newsnow.com)
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Old 25th May 2021, 00:06
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Exact location is 2245 N Christy Ln, Las Vegas.

Crashed in the back yard - home owner has spoken to local newspaper - nobody in his home or adjacent property injured.
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Old 25th May 2021, 01:01
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Confirmed as one of Draken's ex-Spanish AF Mirage F1M.

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Old 25th May 2021, 02:09
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Nellis AFB news release:

Contracted Aircraft from Nellis AFB Crashes > Nellis Air Force Base > Display


A contracted-aircraft that took off from Nellis Air Force Base crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m. May 24 outside the southern edge of the base.

The aircraft was owned, operated and piloted by Draken US, a Florida-based company contracted to provide adversary air support to Nellis Air Force Base.

Please see below statement from our partners at Draken US on today’s aircraft incident:

“Draken has received news of a downed aircraft out of Nellis AFB and the tragic loss of one of our pilots. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people and families affected by this event. We are doing everything in our power to assist them in this time of need, and we are working closely with federal, state and local authorities. Draken US is also cooperating with investigating agencies to determine what led to this tragic accident,” said Draken US.

The men and women of Team Nellis send our deepest condolences to the teammates, friends and family of our Draken wingman.

The pilot’s identity has not yet been released. No other personnel were on board. Multiple federal and local first responders are on scene. The NTSB is investigating the incident.

Media queries related to Draken US should be directed to Christina Childs at [email protected].

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Old 25th May 2021, 17:51
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Pilot named - Nicholas Hunter Hamilton - age 43. RIP
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Old 25th May 2021, 18:55
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Will this be investigated as a civilian crash?!
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Old 25th May 2021, 20:12
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yes, NTSB.

Do Draken keep their ejection/egress systems functional?
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Old 25th May 2021, 20:53
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Do Draken keep their ejection/egress systems functional?

Yes, they do. They have a full ejection seat/egress systems overhaul shop at their home facility at Lakeland Linder Regional International Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

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Old 25th May 2021, 22:47
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Originally Posted by atakacs View Post
Will this be investigated as a civilian crash?!
Yes - by the NTSB - with preliminary findings expected within 2 weeks.
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Old 26th May 2021, 02:27
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Salute!

Thanks Grog, and I think the new outfit with all the Vipers will have a lotta experienced and current folks taking care of the ejection seats. And ditto for maintenance folks.

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Old 27th May 2021, 23:02
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New video of the final moments:

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Pilot did eject - hit the wall of the yard - you can see the PSP in the videos here:


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Old 28th May 2021, 00:31
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Do Draken F1s have zero zero seats?
Jet appeared to be steeply rolled to starboard - possibly even stalled or on the edge of a stall - assume that spurt of flame was the seat firing - very low - outside envelope?

EDIT: it would seem so:
https://www.safran-martin-baker.com/...re%20redundant.

...and I should add, I'm not in any way implying blame on the pilot, just curious.

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Old 10th Aug 2021, 23:11
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The NTSB Preliminary Report was issued on 11 June 2021 - I can't find it anywhere.

According to various press sources, the report didn't go into much detail apart from the fact that the pilot reported a flap issue in the final turn and then declared an emergency.

It has just been reported that Draken have now returned their Mirage F1 fleet to flying after extensive checks.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ash-at-nellis/
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Old 11th Aug 2021, 06:47
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
The NTSB Preliminary Report was issued on 11 June 2021 - I can't find it anywhere.

According to various press sources, the report didn't go into much detail apart from the fact that the pilot reported a flap issue in the final turn and then declared an emergency.

It has just been reported that Draken have now returned their Mirage F1 fleet to flying after extensive checks.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ash-at-nellis/
NTSB Accident Synopsis Page 5, 2 from the top. You'll find the prelim for ATAC's F1 incident earlier in the year here too.
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Old 11th Aug 2021, 08:11
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