Air Platforms

NORAD F-16A crashes in California

17 May 2019

A North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Lockheed Martin F-16A Flying Falcon crashed in southern California on 16 May.

The aircraft was from the Air National Guard (ANG) and was assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The crash took place at approximately 1545 h local time at March Air Reserve Base (ARB). The pilot ejected safely.

Colonel Thomas McNamara, 452nd Air Mobility Wing vice commander, told reporters during a 17 May press conference posted on March ARB’s Facebook page that the F-16 was part of a local training sortie.

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