Mid-air collision Accident General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon 88-0449, Wednesday 7 January 1998
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Date:Wednesday 7 January 1998
Time:13:21 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:421st TFSqn /388th TFWg USAF
Registration: 88-0449
MSN: 1C-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Utah Test & Training Range, Utah, at 40'01.46 N, 11'34.10 W -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Destination airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
F-16C 88-0449 (call sign SPIDER 2) of the 421st FS, 388th FW, USAF was written off on 7 January 1998 when involved in a mid-air collision with another F-16C of the 421st FS, 388th FW (88-0537, call sign NAIL 3) at about 13:21 hours local over Utah Test and Training Range, 105 miles from base, at co-ordinates at 40'01.46" N and 11'34.10" W.

They were in six ship tactical intercept training sortie from Hill AFB. The lead aircraft collided with the wingman of the aggressor formation. The trailing wingman’s aircraft lost 40% of its right wing resulting in an uncontrollable spin. The aircraft crashed within the boundaries of the range. The pilot of this aircraft, Captain Paul Hertzberg, ejected with minor injuries.

The other aircraft, an F-16C 88-0537), suffered a gash in the wing and a lost missile and its rack. The pilot was Captain Scott Hufford, who was able to nurse the aircraft to Michael Army Air Field, Utah for an emergency landing.


1. http://web.archive.org/web/20170218120105/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-16/USAF/f_16_USAF_90s.htm
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1988.html
3. http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0302/ML030280085.pdf
4. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/2686/

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
17-Nov-2013 04:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2013 04:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
11-Feb-2021 14:18 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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