G-LOC caused fatal Thunderbirds F-16C crash

Attrition Report

F-16CM ‘Thunderbird 4’ in a four-ship formation while air-to-air refuelling over the eastern US on July 30. Flying as ‘Thunderbird 4’, F-16CM 91-0413 crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range on April 4, killing the pilot. USAF/ Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker

AIR COMBAT Command has released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report into the fatal crash of a Thunderbirds F-16CM in April this year (see Attrition, June, p94), identifying g-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) as the cause of the accident. The report, made public on October 16, identified the aircraft as serial 91-0413, flying as ‘Thunderbird 4’.

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