Thunderbird #4 Killed In F-16 Crash at Creech AFB 4-4-18

Threads about the world of aviation outside of airshows. General aviation, airlines, spotting, etc.
User avatar
Airplanefreak2000
Posts: 295
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Location: Charlotte, NC

Thunderbird #4 Killed In F-16 Crash at Creech AFB 4-4-18

Post by Airplanefreak2000 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:43 pm

Seems an F-16 went down at Nellis AFB this afternoon. Serious speculation that it was a tbird. Anyone have ideas or knowledge of this incident? Could be a serious blow to their season. Especially with a new leader.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews. ... y.amp.html
Last edited by RyanS on Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:13 pm, edited 3 times in total.
0 x

User avatar
Airshow4444
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Bristol,TN
Contact:

Post by Airshow4444 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:44 pm

Several media outlets reporting that an F-16 has crashed. Hearing the jet was from a Nellis squadron. Not sure if it was one of the Thunderbirds' jets, an aggressor or another squadron.

https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/0 ... m=facebook

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/04/f- ... s-say.html
0 x
Ricky Matthews - AirshowStuff Photographer/Reporter

User avatar
Airshow4444
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Bristol,TN
Contact:

Post by Airshow4444 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:46 pm

Statement from Nellis AFB
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- An Air Force F-16 assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, crashed at approximately 10:30 am during routine training on the Nevada Test and Training Range.



The condition of the pilot is unknown at this time.



Emergency responders are on the scene. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided. The accident is under investigation.
http://www.nellis.af.mil/About/Press-Re ... ing-range/
0 x
Ricky Matthews - AirshowStuff Photographer/Reporter

User avatar
RyanS
Posts: 1805
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:50 pm
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Contact:

Post by RyanS » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:17 pm

I am hearing a lot of rumors that this was a midair incident with one of the diamond pilots going down without punching out. The other aircraft was able to return to Nellis safely. I cannot find info to confirm any of this.

I have a very bad feeling that this was indeed a Thunderbird that went down, and it does not sound good for the pilot at this point. Awful news. :(
Last edited by RyanS on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.
0 x
Ryan Sundheimer
www.AirshowStuff.com

alexp2805-
Posts: 171
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:22 pm
Location: Livonia, Michigan

Post by alexp2805- » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:21 pm

RyanS wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:17 pm
I am hearing a lot of rumors that this was a midair incident with one of the diamond pilots going down without punching out. The other aircraft was able to return to Nellis safely. I cannot find info to confirm any of this.

I have a very bad feeling that this was indeed a Thunderbird that went down, and it does not sound good for the pilot at this point. Awful news. :(
Praying the pilots are okay. This is just awful. Especially, with so many crashes lately in the past few days. Makes me nervous the pilot didn't punch out. :(
Last edited by alexp2805- on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:39 pm, edited 2 times in total.
0 x
@AllStarAviation - Instagram
@AllStarAviationPics - Facebook

User avatar
RyanS
Posts: 1805
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:50 pm
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Contact:

Post by RyanS » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:43 pm

Very little news coming out tonight. I wonder if this is tied up with the Air Force's recent move to cut off media access to units. I suspect now that we will not get official confirmation of it being a Thunderbird (or not) until the pilot's name is released, which I expect to happen tomorrow.

It is almost certain at this point that the crash was fatal - we would have been told more if it wasn't.
0 x
Ryan Sundheimer
www.AirshowStuff.com

GlennT
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:43 pm

Post by GlennT » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:23 am

RyanS wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:43 pm
Very little news coming out tonight. I wonder if this is tied up with the Air Force's recent move to cut off media access to units. I suspect now that we will not get official confirmation of it being a Thunderbird (or not) until the pilot's name is released, which I expect to happen tomorrow.

It is almost certain at this point that the crash was fatal - we would have been told more if it wasn't.
Yeah, in the past they seemed to release details not long after when they had incidents. The fact that nothing has come out yet doesn't seek good...
0 x

User avatar
Airshow4444
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Bristol,TN
Contact:

Post by Airshow4444 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:02 am

The USAF has confirmed it was a Thunderbird jet.



MORE INFO:
https://airshowstuff.com/v4/2018/thunder ... ot-killed/
Last edited by RyanS on Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:44 am, edited 1 time in total.
0 x
Ricky Matthews - AirshowStuff Photographer/Reporter

CMScaling
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:36 am

Post by CMScaling » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:09 am

Unfortunately, it was a Thunderbird. The pilot perished.


http://www.nellis.af.mil/About/Press-Re ... ft-mishap/
0 x

User avatar
Adam
Posts: 410
Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:04 am
Location: Kent, UK
Contact:

Post by Adam » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:27 am

This is very sad news indeed. Wishing the team a speedy recovery. First the Reds, now this. What an awful start to the year.
0 x
Freelance airshow video producer
Aerobatic team ground crew
Editor of thisisflight.net

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests