Community Correspondence - Letters from A.S. "Tex" Elliot in support of Closing Cannon AFB Page: 29 of 34
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The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) was convened to investigate the Class A mishap
involving an F-16C Fighting Falcon, aircraft serial number (S/N) 87-0316, manufactured by
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, formerly General Dynamics Corporation, which crashed
in an unpopulated section of a cattle ranch near Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on
S 4 9 September 2002 during a night training missik. (Tabs A-3, B-3, N-3-5, 0-145-147, P-3, R-3,
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The Mishap Aircraft (MA) impacted the ground approximately 52 nautical miles (NM) west of
Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico while supporting a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) syllabus
training sortie. (Tab A-3) The Mishap Pilot (MP) was part of a three-ship flight simulating an
adversary formation, call sign "FLAME" flight. (Tabs A-3, B-3, N-3-5, V-2.6, V-6.6, V-7.1, V-
9.5, V-9.8, V-10.3) FLAME flight was supporting upgrade training for a member of the four-
ship blue (friendly) flight, "LORD" flight. (Tabs A-3, B-3, V-2.8, V-7.1, V-10.3) The MP was
performing a drag maneuver (180-degree, descending turn) pre-planned for the lead aircraft. He
entered a descending left turn that continued for 300 degrees of turn and impacted the ground.
(Tabs A-3, V-8.7, V-10.17-18) -JIt- waskilled in the mishap. (Tabs A-3, B-3, V-11.3, GG-
9) The MA impacted on a ranc- remote area of etern New Mexico and was totally
destroyed. (Tabs M-3, S-3-5) The loss is va ue at $20,475,759.42. (Tabs M-3, S-3-5) There
were no civilian casualties. Civilian property damage included minor damage to the land at the
mishap site caused by the impact, aircraft debris, and recovery and rescue vehicles. (Tabs P-3, R-
3, S-3-5) Members of the blue air contingent (LORD flight), Cannon AFB fire rescue personnel
and local civilian response teams performed search and rescue efforts. (Tabs B-3, V-2.9, V-6.9,
V-7.3-4). The 27th Fighter Wing (27 FW) Public Affairs office handled most media requests.
Initial media interest was high in the Clovis, NM area. Follow-on interest has been low. (Tab
The mishap aircraft and pilot were assigned to the 522nd Fighter Squadron, 27th Operations
Group, 27th Fighter Wing (ACC). (Tab A-3) Other agencies involved were standard for this
type mission and included aircraft maintenance, weather, air traffic control, and airfield
operations. The mission was flown supporting the NVG-6 upgrade sortie from the 27th Fighter
Wing training syllabus. (Tab BB-4-5) Procedures for this type of sortie are primarily found in
AFTTP 3-1 Volume 5 (Secret), Tactical Employment, F-16. Other procedures used for this
mission are found in the 27th Fighter Wing Syllabus, AFTTP 3-3 Volume 5, Combat Aircraft
Fundamentals, F-16 Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, T.O. 1F-16C-1, Flight Manual, USAF
Series F-16C/D Blocks 25, 30 and 32, T.O. 1 F-16C-34-1-1, Avionics and Nonnuclear Weapons
Delivery Flight Manual USAF Series Aircraft, SCU-3+, SCU-4, SCU-4.1, SCU-4.2, F-16C/D
Blocks 25, 30 and 32, AFI 11-2F-16 Volume 1, F-16Aircrew Training, AFI 11-2F-16 Volume 3,
F-1 6C Fighting Falcon, 87-0316, 20020909
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