posted on May, 5 2019 @ 01:15 AM
The pilot had 11 hours in the F-16, and was undergoing the Initial Qualification Course at Luke. They were performing a BFM sortie, when the pilot of
the Mishap Aircraft began to misinterperate his engine instruments, and wrongly identified an engine failure, resulting in him shutting the engine
down. He performed the Airstart Critical Action Procedures checklist, and restarted the engine, but continued to identify an engine problem, despite
the engine instruments being in the normal range. The MP attempted to make an emergency landing at Lake Havasu Airport, and landed long and fast,
resulting in an overrun, and him ejecting from the aircraft.
The MP intercom was switched to cold mike during the taxi phase of the flight, resulting in the data recorder only recording the actual radio calls,
and not any internal sounds. It was supposed to be in hot mic for the flight. At 101746, the MP pushed the throttle to military power while at
17,200 feet, and 200 knots, while 18 degrees nose high. At 101752, the MP pulled the throttle to idle, and thought the engine had shutdown. He
performed the restart procedure, and requested to land at the nearest airport. The MIP (Mishap Instructor Pilot) directed the two aircraft to proceed
to Lake Havasu Airport.
The MP didn't know where the airport was in either direction or distance. As they approached the airport, the MIP called that the MA was on a "one to
one", meaning for every mile forward the aircraft descended 1,000 feet. The MA didn't actually start to descend for another thirty seconds. The MA
was high on energy for the entire descent (17 miles from the airport he was still at 28,000 feet). The MA crossed the approach end at 242 knots, 30
knots higher than the recommended speed and touched down approximately 4400 feet down the 8,000 foot runway. The pilot pulled back to attempt to
raise the nose higher to increase aerobraking and the aircraft bounced into the air, touching down a second time at 5300 feet. The aircraft left the
end of the runway at 93 knots. The aircraft traveled approximately 1,000 feet, before going up an incline, where it became airborne for approximately
300 feet before impacting a fence, tearing the nose, nose landing gear, and right main off. The intake pulled in dirt and rock, causing the engine to
FOD out, shutting it down.