Failure of a turbine
blade caused an F-16C Fighting Falcon to crash in an unpopulated
area near Rosepine, La., on Sept. 22, according to a report Air
Force officials released Jan. 6.
The pilot ejected in a sparsely wooded area about 12 nautical
miles southwest of Fort Polk Army Airfield. The aircraft was part
of a six-ship, unopposed surface-attack training mission, and was
assigned to the 147th Fighter Wing at Ellington Field in
The engine turbine blade failed because of fatigue, although
there were no external signs of excess fatigue during routine
inspections, according to the Aircraft Investigation Board
The pilot received minor abrasions from his parachute harness
during the ejection. An Army helicopter took the pilot to a medical
facility where he was treated and released. There was no damage to
property or injuries to people on the ground.
The value of aircraft and equipment lost totaled about $23.3