Bird strike Accident General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 83-1116, Thursday 5 January 1989
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Date:Thursday 5 January 1989
Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
Owner/operator:308th TFSqn /31st TFWg USAF
Registration: 83-1116
MSN: 61-669
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:north of Lake Okeechobee, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Homestead AFB, Florida (HST/KHST)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Written off when crashed 5 January 1989, into the Avon Park Air Force Range, North of Lake Okeechobee, Polk County, Florida. According to contemporary press reports:

"A U.S. Air Force F-16 crashed in a cow pasture north of Lake Okeechobee located in south-central Florida, yesterday. The pilot manged to safely eject and only suffered some bruises.
The impact of the crash cut a 5-foot-deep trench into the ground and ignited a grass fire that burned 50 acres. Firefighters fought the blaze for two hours after the 10.00am crash.
First Lt. Mark Pugh, 27, of Belpre, Ohio, was flying the single-seat F-16 (#83-1116) on a a surface attack/tactics training mission from Homestead Air Force Base at the southern end of Dade County.
He was #4 in the formation. While egressing the target area at ~515 knots, his canopy struck an approximately 8-pound Turkey buzzard directly in front of the HUD (Head Up Display). The bird's remains penetrated the canopy (this was the first USAF penetration of an F-16 canopy) and hit Pugsly in the chest, knocking his left hand onto the ejection handle and his right arm off the sidestick back against the bulkhead. He could only see a small gap near his left hand on the ejection handle, and that seemed like a good idea, so he ejected.
The airplane continued and crashed off-range, killing a cow. Pugsly's injuries were confined to bruises and lacerations from the canopy plexiglass."



Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
21-Nov-2011 20:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2011 22:01 Anon. Updated [Registration, Location, Country, Narrative]
23-Mar-2012 11:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
27-Sep-2013 05:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Nov-2013 00:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2020 19:58 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
27-Oct-2020 20:03 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]
27-Oct-2020 20:54 harro Updated [Narrative]
16-Feb-2021 10:13 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]
16-Feb-2021 10:14 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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