Monday, May 9, 2016

Runway crash at Nellis during Red Flag nearly killed pilot, cost $71M

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — An August 2015 runway crash involving two F-16C jets at Nellis Air Force Base caused nearly $71 million in damage and nearly killed a pilot.

A reported issued today by the Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said one pilot's landing, lack of comprehensive braking and flight path deconfliction, combined with a second pilot's delayed transition to the correct side of the runway led to the collision of two aircraft on a Nellis runway on Aug. 15, 2015, according to an Accident Investigation Board report.

The mishap occurred during landing procedures following an orientation flight in association with a large-force exercise held at Nellis.

One pilot sustained life-threatening injuries, but survived. The second pilot in the mishap was uninjured.

One aircraft, valued at $64 million, was destroyed and the second aircraft sustained approximately $5.4M in damages. Total loss to the U.S. Government is nearly $71 million.

According to the Accident Investigation Board president, rescue personnel responded to the mishap in approximately one minute. The first responders freed the injured pilot.

Both pilots and aircraft were assigned to the 457th Fighter Squadron, 301st FighterWing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

Original article can be found here: http://news3lv.com

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