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2016 F-16 midair was pilot error

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posted on May, 8 2018 @ 08:10 PM
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On June 7th, 2016, two F-16s belonging to the 169th Fighter Wing (one pilot was from the 316th Fighter Squadron, the other from the 157th Fighter Squadron) collided over the Bulldog Military Operations Area, near Louisville, Georgia. At approximately 9:15pm the pilot of aircraft 2 radioed he was Bingo fuel and had to return to base.

The pilot of aircraft 1 failed to radio Knock It Off and began to maneuver to rejoin on aircraft 2. The pilot of aircraft 2 failed to recognize the turn and pointed his aircraft at the lights of aircraft 1, in an attempt to get a visual mode radar lock. He got lock while the aircraft were 2500 feet apart, but failed to recognize the conflict. Both pilots attempted to maneuver at the last minute but their right wings collided. Both pilots ejected successfully, but the aircraft were lost.

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