How a botched intercept downed an ANG F-16

An executive summary of the US Air Force Accident Investigation report into the loss of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16CM on March 23, 2022 (see Attrition, May 2022) cites pilot error as the primary cause of the accident.

The report identifies the aircraft as Block 42 F-16CM 89-2142 ‘OK’ assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing (FW), 125th Fighter Squadron, Air National Guard, Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma, with duties at 138 FW, Detachment 1, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, Texas.

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