03 Nov '17, 7pm

Thunderbirds jet landed too fast, skidded off wet runway in June crash

A Thunderbirds F-16D crashed in June when it landed too fast, skidded off a wet runway and overturned in the grass, injuring the pilot, according to an Accident Investigation Board report released Friday. The two-seater Fighting Falcon, from the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base’s 57th Wing in Nevada, was conducting a single-ship familiarization flight when the crash happened June 23 at the Dayton International Airport in Ohio. The $29 million fighter was destroyed. The conditions were bad at the airport, with heavy rain, mist, and winds gusting to 20 knots, the report said. Visibility was at 1 1/2 miles. The F-16 should have made the approach to the runway at 150 knots and slowed down to 138 knots by the time it touched down, the report said. Instead, the pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, flew at more than 190 knots for the first 2,000 feet of the 1...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/11...

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