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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
21st January 1997
Sri Lankan A. F.
Kfir C.7 CF-712 No. 10 Squadron crashed into the Negombo Laguna pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
29th January 1997 USAF F-16 83-1134 61st FS
Luke AFB
  Capt. Robert Churchill   ACES II

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
26th February 1997
Indian A. F.
Jaguar IS JT- 066   total electrical failure and engine flame out near Uttarlai airfield. 3.23 M from Uttarlai Tech Defect Flt Lt Puneet K Pareek ejected at 200 feet   Martin-Baker
Flt Lt M Panging ejected at 200 feet   Martin-Baker
                 

 

 

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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
15th March 1997
Sri Lankan A. F.
IA.58A Pucara CA-604   crashed after bomb exploded immediately upon release, in Kaudala area pilot ejected - rescued   Martin-Baker

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Spanish Air Force
Mirage F-1EE     Crashed in Ligneuville (Belgium) on a flight from Norvenick (Germany) Capt. Ricardo Guerra Martin-Baker
20th June 1997
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F‑16C 84‑1255 194th FS CA ANG Inyo National Forest, 50 M SE of Bishop, CA pilot ejected safely   ACES II
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29jan97      83‑1134   F‑16C   LF   61st FS/56th FW, Barry M Goldwater range, nr Gila Bend, AZ, USA, pilot    ejected safely

 

04feb97      87‑0385   F‑16D   H   466th FS AFRES, W of Wendover, UT, USA, engine flamed out, 2 crew ejected safely

  

 

11      162075   AV‑8B   KID 20   VMAT‑203. MCAS Cherry Point, NC, USA, during landing, pilot ejected safely

 

18mar97      86‑0257   F‑16C   Rv1   93rd FS AFRES, into Caribbean 35 M NE of Key West, FL, USA, collided with an F‑16B of the

            same unit, which landed safely, pilot    ejected safely

 

15apr97      163634   T‑45A   B 234   TW‑2, half a M SE of NAS Kingsville, TX, USA, pilot (on first solo flight)    ejected after touch and

            go after ingesting a large bird, pilot ejected safely

 

17apr97      80‑0170   A‑10A   MY   70th FS/347th W, Nahunta, 30 M SE of Townsend Bombing Range, GA, USA, struck a radio

            tower, pilot    ejected safely

 

 

 

21 am‑97               89‑2095   F‑1 6C   MY   68th FS/347th W, 7 M SW of Pearson, GA, USA, engine failure at low level, pilot    ejected safely

 

12may97 89‑2153            F‑16C   CC   524th FS/27th FW, 5 M N of Vaughn, NM, USA, pilot ejected safely

 

 

 

11ju197               89‑0491   F‑15E   SJ of   334th FS/4th FW, 10 M W of Dare County range, NC, USA, engine fire, 2 crew    ejected safely

 

11 aug97               164555   AV‑8B   WH   VMA‑542, 60 M S of Yuma, AZ, USA, pilot    ejected safely

 

22aug97 82‑1037            F‑16B   ET   39th FTS/46th TW, into Gulf of Mexico. S of Destin, FL, USA, crew ejected safely

 

31aug97 161618            F‑14A   NF111   VF‑154, 140 M S of Yokosuka, Japan, crew    ejected safely

 

14sep97

   81‑10793            F‑117A   HO   49th FW, Bowley's quarters, nr Baltimore Martin State AP, MD, USA, part of left wing broke off

            during display at airshow ‑ crashed on 3 houses ‑ 4 on ground injured, pilot    ejected safely

 

16sep97 84‑1320            F‑16D   119th FS NJ ANG, into Atlantic 60 M SE of Atlantic City, NJ, USA, collided with another F‑16C

            which landed safely, 2 crew ejected safely

 

16oct97               164550   AV‑813   WH 01   VMA‑542, Fairborn, 2 M NE of Wright Patterson AFB, OH, USA, engine failure shortly after take­ off, pilot    ejected safely

 

23oct97               164116   AV‑8B   ET   VMA‑311, into sea off MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, during post‑maintenance check flight, pilot ejected

            safely

 

06nov97    85‑1564            F‑16C   TX   457th FS AFRC, nr Sidney, 75 M SW of Fort Worth, TX, USA, pilot ejected safely

24nov97 83‑0033            F‑15C   FFy   27th FS/1st FW, into Atlantic Ocean 60 M off Virginia Beach, VA, USA, pilot    ejected safely

 

·                          08/06/1997: During a trainingflight an F-16 crashed into a field in Youju at 13:56 hours. The pilot escaped unhurt just before the crash.

·                          09/18/1997: During a training mission in the Chungnam Province an F-16 slammed into a mountain side at about 14:05 hours. The pilot, Capt. Park Kun ejected safely.

In January 1996 the SLAF received the first two Kfir C.7s and a single Kfir TC.2. These entered service with the newly-established No. 10 Squadron, based at Katunayake. Both C.7s were soon in action against the LTTE, frequently operating from airstrip at Iranamadu, some 80km south of Jaffna. In operaitons, however, the Kfirs proved to have a lower bomb-carrying capacity and endurance than the MiG-27s, subsequently acquired from the Ukraine. Some losses occurred as well: the Kfir depicted here, serialled "CF-712" was lost already on 21 January 1997: pilot ejected after experiencing unknown technical difficulties and the plane crashed into the Negombo Laguna.

sri-lanka

- 15 March 1997: IA.58A Pucara "CA-604" crashed after bomb exploded immediately upon release, in Kaudala area, the plane entered spin and pilot ejected to be recovered later.
- 15 March 1997: IA.58A Pucara 'CA-604' crashed after bomb exploded immediately upon release, in Kaudala area, the plane entered spin and pilot ejected to be recovered later.
 

A Pucara ground attack aircraft on a bombing mission exploded in midair over the northeastern Polonnaruwa district on Saturday after the pilot had ejected safely.

Tamil rebels blew up a Y-12 transport plane at the China Bay air base in eastern Trincomalee in early March while in February an An-32 transport plane crashed taking off from an air base near Colombo, killing three servicemen and wounding 36.

In January, a Kfir fighter jet crashed after the pilot had ejected soon after takeoff from the Katunayake airbase, just north of Colombo.

 

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