List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (2010–present)

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This is a list of notable accidents and incidents involving military aircraft grouped by the year in which the accident or incident occurred. Not all of the aircraft were in operation at the time. For more exhaustive lists, see the Aircraft Crash Record Office or the Air Safety Network or the Dutch Scramble Website Brush and Dustpan Database[dead link]. Combat losses are not included except for a very few cases denoted by singular circumstances.

2010[edit]

January[edit]

13 January 2010 (2010-01-13) – A Yemeni Air Force Aero L-39 Albatros training aircraft crashed in the area of Salah al-Din, west of the port city of Aden due to a technical problem. Pilot survived.[1]


14 January 2010 (2010-01-14) – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 crashes near Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Pilot killed.[2]


14 January 2010 (2010-01-14) – A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Pacific Aerospace CT4 Airtrainer crashes near RNZAF Base Ohakea, New Zealand while performing routine aerobatic training. Pilot, Sqn Ldr Nick Cree, killed.[3]


21 January 2010 (2010-01-21) – A Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter fell into the sea off Almería. Three people are missing.[4]


22 January 2010 (2010-01-22) – A Myanmar Air Force (MyanAF) Chengdu F-7 fighter crashed while attempting to land at Yangon airport, killing its pilot.[5]


23 January 2010 (2010-01-23) – A United States Navy (USN) Beechcraft T-34C Turbo-Mentor, crash-landed in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans. One pilot was rescued and the other was missing.[6] The plane, on a routine nighttime instrument training mission, crashed about 1845 hrs. and was 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) north of Lakefront Airport in New Orleans on an apparent approach to land. Coast Guard teams rescued the student pilot about 9 p.m. with mild hypothermia and moderate injuries from the 57 °F (14 °C) water. The pilot, Lt. Clinton Wermers, 33, from Mitchell, South Dakota, was presumed dead. He had been assigned to Naval Air Station Whiting Field since March 2007.[7] A memorial service was held for Lt. Wermers on 1 February at Whiting Field.[8]


24 January 2010 (2010-01-24) – A Finnish Air Force (FinAF) McDonnell-Douglas F-18 Hornet crashed in the south of the country. The fighter crashed in Juuapajoki, north of the southern city of Tampere at about 11:50 local time. The two pilots, who were on a routine training flight, ejected safely and were uninjured.[9]


26 January 2010 (2010-01-26) – A Nigerian Navy AgustaWestland AW109E helicopter crashed in south Nigeria. The accident happened at about 01:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) when the helicopter was returning from a routine patrol of Port-Harcourt area in the Niger-Delta region. Four people were killed.[10]

February[edit]

3 February 2010 (2010-02-03) – A United States Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Germany about 1800 hrs. local time northeast of Mannheim, killing three people on board.[11] "The crew of the ill-fated UH-60 flight was conducting routine pilot proficiency training from Stuttgart Army Airfield to Coleman Army Airfield in Mannheim. USAREUR officials say during the approach to Coleman, the aircraft began a rapid descent and made contact with the trees. At the time of the crash, it was raining heavily and visibility below the clouds was about 1 mile [2 km], according to a German weather service spokesman."[12] KWF were Warrant Officer 3 Gary M. Farwell, 39; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clayton M. Hickman, 32; and Cpl. Matthew E. Clark, 25. All three were assigned to the Stuttgart-based Company G, 52nd Regiment, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. A U.S. Army investigation, 15-6, was unable to determine a cause. "There was insufficient evidence to indicate that mechanical malfunction, environmental factors, pilot error or a combination of these factors contributed to the accident,” according to a U.S. Army Europe news release issued Monday evening, 2 August 2010.[12][13]


5 February 2010 (2010-02-05) – A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter crashed in Campo Grande.[14]


9 February 2010 (2010-02-09) – A Pakistan Air Force (PakAF) Bell AH-1 Cobra gunship helicopter crashed in the Teera Valley in Pakistan's Khyber tribal area near the Afghanistan's border. Both the pilot and gunner lost their lives in the incident.[15]


10 February 2010 (2010-02-10) – A Brazilian Army Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed while training tactical piloting maneuvering at Sao Pedro da Aldeia naval base, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) away from Rio de Janeiro city.[16]


11 February 2010 (2010-02-11) – An Italian Air Force (ItAF) General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon from 5th Fighter Wing crashed into the Adriatic Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) from the coast near Ravenna at 1530 hrs. when he was training with another aircraft of the same unit. Pilot survived.[17]


14 February 2010 (2010-02-14) – A Yemeni Air Force (YemAF) Mil Mi-17 Helicopter crashes in the Kahlan district, east of the provincial capital Sa'ana. Crash was the result of a technical fault. The helicopter's four-man crew and the seven wounded soldiers they were evacuating all died, as did two soldiers in a military vehicle which the aircraft crashed into.[18]


16 February 2010 (2010-02-16) – An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 fighter-bomber went down near Siliguri in West Bengal killing the pilot, a squadron leader.[19]


18 February 2010 (2010-02-18) – A USN Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed in West Virginia outside of Lewisburg. Passengers and crew sustained unspecified injuries, none of which were life-threatening.[20]


18 February 2010 (2010-02-18) – An IAF Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 fighter jet (8th Squadron, 20th Wing) crashed soon after take-off from Bagdora in West Bengal but the pilot ejected to safety.[21]


21 February 2010 (2010-02-21) – A United States Army Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter made a "hard landing" in northern Iraq killing the two pilots on board.[22]


24 February 2010 (2010-02-24) – A Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (FAM) Cessna 182S Skylane crashed during take off near San Diego de Alcalá, Chihuahua resulting in 3 injured and 2 fatalities.[23]


24 February 2010 (2010-02-24) – A Philippine Air Force (PhilAF) North American OV-10 Bronco crashed during training at 1455 hrs. Two Philippine Air Force pilots were killed.[24]


25 February 2010 (2010-02-25) – A USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed during landing at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The plane became uncontrollable and the pilot bailed out. The jet was heavily damaged and crashed within Osan's boundaries.[25]

March[edit]

2 March 2010 (2010-03-02) – A Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) Northrop F-5E and Northrop F-5F crashed into Mount Hwangbyeong, about 20 kilometers (12 mi) west of the city of Gangneung, Gangwon. The pilot of the F-5E and the two pilots of the F-5F were killed.[26]


3 March 2010 (2010-03-03) – An Indian Navy HAL Kiran Mk.II crashed into a building in Hyderabad during the "India Aviation 2010" air show/exhibition. Both pilots and a civilian on the ground were killed. At least 5 other civilians also received injuries.[27]


3 March 2010 (2010-03-03) – An Azerbaijan Air Force (AzerAf) Sukhoi Su-25 close air support aircraft crashed in the Shamkir district in northwest Azerbaijan at around 1700 hrs. local time, killing the pilot.[28]


3 March 2010 (2010-03-03) – An Republic of Korea Army MD Helicopters MD 500 helicopter crashed 20 km east of the capital Seoul, at around 2014 hrs. Helicopter hit a greenhouse in a rice paddy in Namyangju. The two crew members were rushed to a hospital but were later confirmed dead.[29]


3 March 2010 (2010-03-03) – A United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sikorsky MH-60T helicopter, (an upgraded Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk), crashed in the remote Utah mountains. It was one of two traveling through the area en route to its home base in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, after performing security duty at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The helicopters made a refueling stop in Salt Lake City and were headed to Leadville, Colorado, when the crash occurred about 50 miles (80 km) east of Salt Lake City. Three crewmen were airlifted to local hospitals and two others sustained minor injuries.[30]


10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) – A Brazilian Army Eurocopter Fennec helicopter crashed During a night training flight during Operation Caburé. All four crew members died.[31]


10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) – A United States Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18D Hornet, BuNo 164694, 'WK-01', from VMFA (AW)-224 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, app. 35 miles (56 km) east of St. Helena Sound, South Carolina, after a double engine failure and a fire. Both pilots ejected and were floating in an inflatable life raft for about one hour before they were rescued by a USCG helicopter.[32]


11 March 2010 (2010-03-11) – A Mil Mi-8 helicopter of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Emergency Situations crashed for unknown reasons during a rescue flight in a blizzard.[33]


15 March 2010 (2010-03-15) – Two USN Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet fighters from VFA-122 collided in mid-air at 2200 hrs., sending one crashing to the Nevada desert. One pilot ejected safely before his aircraft crashed near Naval Air Station Fallon and a second pilot landed the single-seat jet safely at Fallon.[34][35]


19 March 2010 (2010-03-19) – A Turkish Army TAI/AgustaWestland T-129 (registration CSX81723) helicopter prototype lost its tail rotor at 15,000 ft (4,600 m). height at 16:30. Two people on board survived.[36]


23 March 2010 (2010-03-23) – A Turkish Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk came down on the outskirts of Wardak town in Afghanistan at around 10:30. The crash happened as two Turkish helicopters were attempting to land at a Turkish-run Provincial Reconstruction Team.[37]


23 March 2010 (2010-03-23) – Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows BAE Systems Hawks, collide during an airshow at Heraklion Crete. Pilot of one ejected and received moderate injuries. The aircraft crashed in the airfield and was destroyed. The second aircraft landed safely in Heraklion Airport.[38]


25 March 2010 (2010-03-25) – A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Pilatus PC-7 crashed during an airshow near a local university campus. Pilot bailed out at low altitude but was killed.[39]


25 March 2010 (2010-03-25) – A Chilean Army MD Helicopters 530F suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff after disembarking a passenger and crashed. The helicopter was on a mission in the region that was badly damaged by the last earthquake. All 4 crew member were taken to the hospital, three of them with serious injuries.[40]


29 March 2010 (2010-03-29) – A US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed at Forward Operating Base Atgar in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.[41]


31 March 2010 (2010-03-31) – A USN Grumman E-2 Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 crashed at approximately 1400 hrs. local time in Arabian Sea. It was returning to its ship, the USS Eisenhower, after conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when it experienced mechanical malfunctions and the crew performed a controlled bailout.[42] The pilot was killed. Navy 5th Fleet officials declined to speculate on the cause of the crash, but the Naval Safety Center’s Web site listed it as "an engine oil leak."[43][44]

April[edit]

2 April 2010 (2010-04-02) – A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Embraer EMB 312 Tucano from the "Smoke Squadron" aerobatic team crashed during an air show at Aeroporto Federal de Lages. The pilot, aged 33, died in the crash.[45]


8 April 2010 (2010-04-08) – A Pakistan Army MFI-17 Mushshak crashed in an open field in the Nelavia area, near Peshawar's suburbs of Tagman.[46]


8 April 2010 (2010-04-08) – An Armée de l'Air (AdlA) Dassault Mirage F1 conducting basic training crashed about 1140 hrs. in a field near a highway, four miles (6 km) from the base of Orléans.[47]


9 April 2010 (2010-04-09) – A USAF Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey crashed near Qalat, Zabul Province, killing four. This was the first combat loss of an Osprey.[48]


10 April 2010 (2010-04-10) – A Polish Air Force (PolAF) VIP transport Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft, 101, from the 36th Special Air Transport Regiment hit trees as it approached Smolensk's airport in thick fog. The Polish President Lech Kaczyński, Poland's army chief, central bank governor, MPs and leading historians were among more than its 80 passengers who died.[49]


12 April 2010 (2010-04-12) – A USN North American Rockwell T-39N Sabreliner crashed in Morganton killing all four crew on board.[50]


13 April 2010 (2010-04-13) – An AdlA Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, E122/F-TERD, of the Patrouille de France crashed near Plan de Dieu Airport (LF51), Vaucluse area. The pilot ejected and escaped with minor injuries.[51]


15 April 2010 (2010-04-15) – A South Korean Navy Westland Lynx helicopter was on a routine patrol mission when it crashed in the sea near Chuja Island 14.5 km southeast of Jindo, South Jeolla Province. One occupant was killed and three others are missing.[52]


16 April 2010 (2010-04-16) – An Ejército del Aire (EjdA) Bell 212 crashed in Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic, killing all four crew on board.[9]


17 April 2010 (2010-04-17) – A US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Al-Mahzam area, about 12 miles (19 km) north of Tikrit, Iraq. One soldier was killed.[53]


20 April 2010 (2010-04-20) – While performing maneuvers, a Vertical de Aviación Bell 222UT helicopter, registered HK-3262, and a Fuerza Aérea de Colombia (FAC) MD Helicopters MD530 crashed on a military garrison near Chaparral, Tolima, Colombia.[54]


20 April 2010 (2010-04-20) – A United States Coast Guard (USCG) Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin crashed into Lake Huron nine miles (14 km) north of Port Huron, Michigan.[55]


21 April 2010 (2010-04-21) – Two Belarusian Air Force (BelAF) Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters collided during a training flight. There were no casualties as one MiG-29 landed safely, while the pilot in the second plane ejected before it crashed.[56]


25 April 2010 (2010-04-25) – A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Bell UH-1H Iroquois crashed in heavy fog about 40 km north east of Wellington. Three persons were killed and a fourth seriously injured.[57]

May[edit]

2 May 2010 (2010-05-02) – A US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter carrying two soldiers of the 116th Aviation Group was participating in a routine drill when it crashed on a ramp while taxiing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, shortly before 1400 hrs. Both crew were taken to hospital. Pilot 1st Lt. Jonathan Shively, Jr, 33, of Jamestown, died of injuries, but second pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Roger Carpenter, 46, of Spartanburg, was in stable condition.[58][59]


10 May 2010 (2010-05-10) – A US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter made a controlled landing after being hit by enemy fire in Helmand Province. All crew members were safely returned to base. Helicopter was intentionally destroyed by international forces.[60]


10 May 2010 (2010-05-10) – A USAF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II from 23rd Wing 75th Fighter Squadron s/n 79-0141 crashed during takeoff at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The pilot ejected safely.[61]


11 May 2010 (2010-05-11) – An AdlA Dassault Mirage 2000 crashed in the Foret de Bougue close to Villeneuve-de-Marsan (Landes, Aquitaine), 6 km east of Mont de Marsan AB (LFBM), after technical problems. The pilot ejected safely and only received minor injuries.[62]


12 May 2010 (2010-05-12) – After taking off from the base at Rimini, an Italian Air Force NH 500 helicopter of 15º Stormo (83º Centro CSAR) flew about fifty feet above the ground when the engine suddenly quit. The helicopter autorotated to impact. Both occupants escaped unhurt.[63]


21 May 2010 (2010-05-21) – A USN Lockheed P-3 Orion accidentally released a sonobuoy shortly after departure from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, which fell 500 feet (150 m) and crashed through the roof of a home in Mandarin, Florida, coming to rest in a bedroom next to a bed. Resident Marwan Saman said his daughter had just gotten out of bed about half an hour earlier. The Navy sent an explosives demolition team to retrieve the 3-foot-long (0.91 m), 40-pound (18 kg) cylinder. No injuries were reported, and the Navy was making arrangements to pay for the damage. A malfunctioning launch tube was theorized for the drop.[64]

July[edit]

7 July 2010 (2010-07-07) – A USCG Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk crashed off of La Push, Washington, apparently after clipping power lines.[65]


19 July 2010 (2010-07-19) – A PhilAF SIAI S-211, 09005, crashed during a training flight in the Philippines. The crew ejected safely.


23 July 2010 (2010-07-23) – A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) McDonnell-Douglas CF-18 Hornet, 188738, of 419 Moose Squadron, based at Cold Lake, crashed at Lethbridge County Airport during a low-speed, low-altitude practice run for the Alberta International Airshow. The pilot, Capt. Brian Bews, 36, ejected in a Martin-Baker seat seconds before the fighter fell off on its starboard wing and impacted on the airfield. He suffered a compression fracture in three vertebrae but is expected to fully recover.[66][67]


26 July 2010 (2010-07-26) – 2010 Israeli Air Force Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion crash: An Israeli Air Force (IDF/AF) Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashed during a joint Israeli-Romanian aviation exercise in the Carpathian Mountains in northern Romania, killing six IAF officers and one Romanian Air Force officer.[68]


28 July 2010 (2010-07-28) – A USAF Boeing C-17A Lot XII Globemaster III, 00-0173, c/n P-73, "Spirit of the Aleutians", callsign Sitka 43, of the 3d Wing, on a training mission, crashed at ≈1822 hrs into a wooded area on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, killing three members of the Alaska Air National Guard and one member of the US Air Force. The cause of the accident is under investigation.[69][70] This is apparently the first C-17 accident to result in the loss of life.[71] The crash damaged tracks of the Alaska Railroad, which temporarily suspended operations in the area of the accident.[72] The aircraft departed Runway 06 to practice maneuvers for the upcoming 30 July 2010 Aectic Thunder Airshow at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. "After the initial climbout and left turn, the mishap pilot executed an aggressive right turn. As the aircraft banked, the stall warning system activated to warn the crew of an impending stall. Instead of implementing stall recovery procedures, the pilot continued the turn as planned, and the aircraft entered a stall from which recovery was not possible. Although the pilot eventually attempted to recover the aircraft, he employed incorrect procedures, and there was not sufficient altitude to regain controlled flight. The aircraft impacted wooded terrain northwest of the airfield, damaged a portion of the Alaska Railroad, and was destroyed." KWF were the pilot, co-pilot, safety observer, and loadmaster. All died instantly. The aircraft was valued at $184,570,581. The investigative board president found "clear and convincing evidence that the cause of the mishap was pilot error. The mishap pilot violated regulatory provisions and multiple flight manual procedures, placing the aircraft outside established flight parameters at an attitude and altitude where recovery was not possible. Furthermore the mishap pilot and the mishap safety observer did not realize the developing dangerous situation and failed to make appropriate inputs. In addition to multiple procedural errors, the board president found sufficient evidence that the crew on the flight deck ignored cautions and warnings and failed to respond to various challenge and reply items. The board also found channelized attention, overconfidence, expectancy, misplaced motivation, procedural guidance, and program oversight substantially contributed to the mishap."[73]


28 July 2010 (2010-07-28) – An Iraqi Air Force Mil Mi-17 crashed in a sandstorm south-west of Baghdad, killing five.


30 July 2010 (2010-07-30) – A Hellenic Army Boeing AH-64DHA Longbow on a test flight crashed at Megara Air Force Base, Greece, killing two.

August[edit]

24 August 2010 (2010-08-24) – A Spanish Air Force (Ej dA) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter crashed while attempting to take off at Moron Air Base. A Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was killed and the Spanish Air Force Commander ejected successfully.

November[edit]

10 November 2010 (2010-11-10) – An IAF Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 fighter went down near Jodhpur in Rajasthan shortly after take off for a routine sortie, but the pilot bailed out safely.[74]


16 November 2010 (2010-11-16) – A USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, 06-4125, of the 525th Fighter Squadron, 3d Wing, crashes in Alaska near Susitna Lodge, killing pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney, from Clarklake, Michigan.[75][76]


20 November 2010 (2010-11-20) – Two people were taken to Pensacola Naval Hospital for evaluation after landing a USAF Beechcraft T-6 Texan II with the landing gear up. The names of the two crew members were not released after the 1300 hrs. incident, Pensacola Naval Air Station Public Affairs Officer Harry White said. Both people safely exited the plane, which landed at Forrest Sherman Field at the air station, White said. The aircraft and crew are assigned to the U.S. Air Force's 455th Flying Training Squadron at NAS Pensacola. The incident is being investigated by a board of officers, a NAS Pensacola news release said.[77][78]

December[edit]

2 December 2010 (2010-12-02) – A USN F/A-18C Hornet, BuNo 165184, 'AD-351', suffered port undercarriage collapse on landing at NAF El Centro, California, at 1615 hrs., and departs runway. The pilot ejects safely.[75]


20 December 2010 (2010-12-20) – US Army Puerto Rican National Guard Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota, 07-02069, crashed in inclement weather off the coast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, during a Counterdrug operation. All 3 crewmen and 3 passengers aboard were killed. This was the first incident involving the UH-72 airframe.

2011[edit]

January[edit]

20 January 2011 (2011-01-20) – An Ecuadorian Air Force (Ec.AF) de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter FAE449 crashed near Tena, Ecuador, killing all six on board.

February[edit]

2 February 2011 (2011-02-02) – An Indian Army HAL Cheetah helicopter crashed at Nashik, Western India, killing both crew.

8 February 2011 (2011-02-08) – A Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon crashed in central Jordan, killing the pilot.


14 February 2011 (2011-02-14) – Two Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) General Dynamics F-16s collide over north east Thailand. Both aircraft are destroyed but the pilots ejected safely.

25 February 2011 (2011-02-25) – A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Super Tucano crashed close to Porto Velho Air Force Base. The pilot, First Lieutenant Marcelino Aparecido Feitosa, ejected. He was rescued by a FAB Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. He was talking during the rescue and he was kept under observation at the Army hospital.[79]

March[edit]

11 March 2011 (2011-03-11) – Two Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir fighter jets crashed mid-air and fell near the town of Yakkala. They were on a fly past rehearsal for the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka Air Force. One pilot died, but the other one survived the accident.[80]

29 March 2011 (2011-03-29) – A US Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion crashed in Kāneʻohe Bay, killing one and injuring three crewmembers.[81]

30 March 2011 (2011-03-30) – Ten sailors are injured when an engine of a USMC McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18C Hornet of VMFAT-101 based at MCAS Miramar, California,[82] suffers a catastrophic failure while preparing for launch at 14:50 during routine training exercises from the USS John C. Stennis, about 100 miles (160 km) off the California coast. USN Cmdr. Pauline Storum said that five of the injured are taken by helicopter to the shore, four to the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and one to Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla, California. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening but the fighter sustained damages over $1 million. The ensuing fire was quickly extinguished and the carrier itself was not damaged.[83]

April[edit]

1 April 2011 (2011-04) – A United States Air Force (USAF) Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II from Spangdahlem Air Base crashed near Laufeld, Germany. The pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hurrelbrink, ejected and was not seriously injured.[84]

6 April 2011 (2011-04-06) – A United States Navy (USN) VFA-122 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from Naval Air Station Lemoore crashed just outside the base, killing its two crewmembers.[34][85]

May[edit]

1 May 2011 (2011-05) – Two USAF Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters mounted a raid from Ghazi Airbase, Afghanistan[86][87] with 20–25 United States Navy SEALS on a Pakistani compound to capture or kill Osama bin Laden results in the death of the Al-Qaeda leader. One helicopter suffered mechanical failure after a hard landing after reportedly striking the compound wall, and was destroyed by the special operations force, with the team members departing on two CH-47 Chinooks[88] with bin Laden's remains.[89] Both MH-60s were of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.[90] Subsequent reports state that the Blackhawk helicopter destroyed was a previously unconfirmed, but rumored, stealth modification of the design.[91][92]


12 May 2011 (2011-05-12) – A FAB EMBRAER Super Tucano crashed close the cities of Ceará-Mirim and Pureza, 50 km north of Natal. The pilot, Danilo Bello Seixas, died during his first solo flight.[93]


June[edit]

13 June 2011 (2011-06-13) – The second test launch of the Boeing X-51 Waverider ends in failure off the Southern California coast when the vehicle fails to separate from its booster rocket after an air launch from an Edwards AFB, California-based B-52 Stratofortress. Following the drop, the X-51 fell for about four seconds before its booster successfully ignited. The vehicle fell into the Pacific Ocean after the booster did not separate as intended.[94]

July[edit]

19 July 2011 (2011-07-19) – A Royal Thai Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing 9 people. The chopper had been sent out to recover five bodies of victims of another helicopter, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, that had crashed two days before while looking for illegal loggers over the Tenasserim Hills in the area between Myanmar and Thailand near Phetchaburi.[95] A third helicopter, a Bell 212, also crashed in the same area on Sunday

25 July 2011 (2011-07-25) – A few miles further east close to the Kaeng Krachan reservoir killing three.[96][97]

28 July 2011 (2011-07-28) – An Alabama Air National Guard (AaANG) General Dynamics F-16C Block 30H Fighting Falcon, 87–296, c/n 5C-557, of the 187th Fighter Wing, flying out of Montgomery Air National Guard Base, overruns the runway at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The nose gear collapsed, the nose radome broke and the air-frame skidded to a stop. Pilot was uninjured.[98]

August[edit]

20 August 2011 (2011-08-20) – A BAE Systems Hawk T.1 XX179 of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed during a public display at Bournemouth Air Festival, killing the pilot.[99][100]

September[edit]

2 September 2011 (2011-09-02) – A Chilean Air Force (ChAF) CASA C-212 Aviocar crashed into the sea off Robinson Crusoe Island. All 21 people on board were killed.

October[edit]

2 October 2011 (2011-10-02) – Elbit Hermes 450 ZK515 of the Royal Artillery suffered an engine failure and crashed at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.[101]

14 October 2011 (2011-10-14) – The fourth prototype Xian JH-7A, 814, of the China Flight Test Establishment of the People's Liberation Army Air Force crashed into a marsh near Wei Nan City, Pucheng in Shaanxi Province, China, while performing in an airshow associated with the China International General Aviation Convention. Airframe came down ~1 mile (~1.6 km.) from Pucheng Neifu Airport. One pilot ejected safely but the second crewman is killed in the crash.[102]

November[edit]

8 November 2011 (2011-11-08) – The pilot of BAE Systems Hawk T.1 XX177 of the Royal Air Force Red Arrows display team was killed at RAF Scampton when the ejector seat fired whilst the aircraft was on the ground.[103]

1 December 2011 (2011-12) – Army Air Corps Westland Lynx AH Mk.7 XX210 suffered an in-flight fire and made an emergency landing 7 nautical miles (13 km) from RAF Gütersloh, Germany. The aircraft was destroyed, but the three crew on board survived.[104]

December[edit]

4 December 2011 (2011-12-04) – A US Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), conducting covert military surveillance is allegedly "brought down with minimum damage"[105] near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government claims that the UAV was shot down or hacked into by its electronic warfare unit.

2012[edit]

January[edit]

30 January 2012 (2012-01-30) – An Indian Air Force (IAF) HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk2 exploded in mid-air over Iyancherry village in Kancheepuram district, South India. The two pilots ejected safely.[106][107]

February[edit]

3 February 2012 (2012-02-03) – Two Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) AIDC AT-3 trainers collide, one aircraft crashed near Fangliao and other landed safely. The two pilots of the crashed AT-3 ejected safely.


10 February 2012 (2012-02-10) – A Peruvian Air Force (PeruAF) Zlin Z-242L crashed at Pisco airfield, Peru killing the two crew.


13 February 2012 (2012-02-13) – A Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) Mikoyan MiG-27M crashed at Dummalasooriya, Sri Lanka. The pilot ejected safely.

13 February 2012 (2012-02-13) – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24M crashed 90 km from Shagol airfield after engine problems. Both crew ejected safely.


18 February 2012 (2012-02-18) – A USAF Pilatus U-28A crashed 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Djibouti airport, killing all four crew members.


21 February 2012 (2012-02-21) – A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Lockheed CC-130H Hercules is badly damaged by fire at Key West Naval Air Station in the United States.


22 February 2012 (2012-02-22) – Two USMC helicopters, a Bell UH-1Y and a Bell AH-1W, collide at night on the Yuma training range, Arizona, United States. All seven crew members were killed.[108]


24 February 2012 (2012-02-24) – A USN Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet on a training flight crashed into a dry lake bed 30 miles (50 km) from Naval Air Station Fallon. The crew was recovered by helicopter.


28 February 2012 (2012-02-28) – A Guatemalan Air Force (GuAF) Bell UH-1H crashed in bad weather near Chacalte killing all ten on board.

28 February 2012 (2012-02-28) – A United States Coast Guard (USCG) Eurocopter HH-65C crashed during a training flight in Alabama. All four crew were killed.

28 February 2012 (2012-02-28) – A Russian Sukhoi Su-30MK2 crashed in the far east of Russia on a test flight prior to delivery to Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF). Both pilots ejected.

March[edit]

4 March 2012 (2012-03-04) – A Yemen Air Force (YAF) Antonov An-26 transport aircraft destroyed by an explosion on the ground at Sana'a International Airport.


5 March 2012 (2012-03-05) – An Indian Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000TH crashed near Babanbas. The two crew ejected safely.


7 March 2012 (2012-03-07) – A Syrian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 was destroyed on the ground by an anti-tank missile.

12 March 2012 (2012-03-12) – A Russian Air Force Kamov Ka-52 on a training flight crashed at Bolshaya Kiselen in western Russia, killing one crew at the scene and the other crew member died in hospital. This was the first accident involving the Ka-52.


13 March 2012 (2012-03-13) – A Turkish Air Force Northrop NF-5A-2000 crashed on take off from Konya Air Base, Turkey, killing the pilot. The Turkish Stars aircraft was on a training flight.


15 March 2012 (2012-03-15) – Norwegian C-130 Hercules accident – A Norwegian Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules crashed in Northern Sweden during the military exercise Cold Response, killing all 5 on board.[109]


16 March 2012 (2012-03-16) – A Turkish Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-28 crashed near Kabul, Afghanistan killing all 12 on board and four on the ground.


19 March 2012 (2012-03-19) – An Ecuadorian Air Force Embraer A-29B crashed on a training flight near Manta Air Base, Ecuador. The two crew ejected safely.


21 March 2012 (2012-03-21) – A USAF Lockheed Martin F-16CG crashed near Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The pilot ejected but was injured.


26 March 2012 (2012-03-26) – A Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) Sikorsky S-70C-6 crashed 20 km from Orchid Island, Taiwan during a rescue mission. One crew was rescued but five crew were missing.


28 March 2012 (2012-03-28) – An Angolan Air Force (AngAF) Aerospatiale SA316B helicopter crashed near Lunondo, Angola, killing two and injuring four.

28 March 2012 (2012-03-28) – A USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15E crashed in southwest Asia on a non-combat mission. The pilot was killed and a crewman got injured.


29 March 2012 (2012-03-29) – A Venezuelan Air Force Eurocopter AS332B1 Super Puma crashed near Chparralito, Venezuela on an anti-narcotics mission, killing all seven on board.

April[edit]

6 April 2012 (2012-04-06) – A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet of the USN crashed on take-off from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both crew ejected. The aircraft crashed into a block of apartment complexes. No ground injuries were reported.[110] However, another report states that the pilot and one individual on the ground suffered unspecified injuries of unknown severity. CNN U.S. News confirmed that the crew had ejected, but their condition is not specified.[111] See main article 2012 Virginia Beach F/A-18 Crash.


7 April 2012 (2012-04-07) – Boeing CH47 Mk 2 Chinook ZA671 of C Flight, 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force crashed in Yuma County, Arizona, United States during a training exercise. All seven people on board survived.[112]


11 April 2012 (2012-04-11) – A USN Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey from USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) crashed near Agadir, Morocco, during a joint training exercise. Two Marines were killed and two others seriously injured.[113]


20 April 2012 (2012-04-20) – Squirrel HT1 helicopter ZJ276 of the Defence Helicopter Flying School, Royal Air Force crashed at Chetwynd, Shropshire (52°48′51″N 2°24′29″W / 52.81417°N 2.40806°W / 52.81417; -2.40806 (ZJ276)). The pilot survived.[114]

May[edit]

4 May 2012 (2012-05-04) – A USAF Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon of the 421st Fighter Squadron crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range, pilot ejected safely.


23 May 2012 (2012-05-23) – A Pakistan Army School of Aviation Schweizer 300C crashed into the Chenab river in Pakistan, two occupants killed.


29 May 2012 (2012-05-29) – A PAF Chengdu F-7PG of the 31 Fighter Wing was destroyed by fire during maintenance at Quetta airbase.


30 May 2012 (2012-05-30) – A USN BAE Systems T-45C of TW-2 crashed 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Kingville, Texas, both occupants ejected safely.

June[edit]

4 June 2012 (2012-06-04) – A student at the Brazilian Air Force Academy was killed when he accidentally ejected from an Embraer T-27 while waiting to take off at Pirassununga-Campo Fonetenelle, Brazil.


12 June 2012 (2012-06-12) – A PAF Dassault Mirage 5D of 8 Squadron crashed near Uthal in south-west Pakistan, pilot ejected safely.

12 June 2012 (2012-06-12) – A Belarus Air Force (BelAF) Sukhoi Su-25 from the 116 Attack Air Base crashed in the Grodno region, pilot killed.


13 June 2012 (2012-06-13) – A USAF Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey of the 8th Special Operations Squadron, 1st Special Operations Wing, crashed on the Eglin AFB reservation north of Navarre, Florida, during a routine training mission, injuring all five crew.[115]

13 June 2012 (2012-06-13) – A Colombian Army Mil Mi-17-1V crashed following a post-maintenance flight test in north eastern Colombia, pilot killed and two passengers injured.


20 June 2012 (2012-06-20) – A Sudanese Air Force PT-6A crashed at Port Sudan city airport, two crew killed.


21 June 2012 (2012-06-21) – An Indonesian Air Force (IndAF) Fokker F-27 on a routine training flight crashed into a military housing complex in Jakarta, Indonesia killing Ten.[116]


22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) – A Turkish Air Force (TurkAF) RF-4E Phantom crashed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea after being shot at by Syrian Air Defence Force, two crew killed.

22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) – A Fuerza Aerea Mexicana (FAM) Siai-Marchetti SF260EU crashed into a mountain in western Mexico, two crew killed.

22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) – A Mexican Navy Eurocopter AS656MB Panther went missing, aircraft was found six days later with all on board dead.


23 June 2012 (2012-06-23) – A Colombian Army Cessna 208B Caravan crashed during near to Tocaima, all four on board killed.


28 June 2012 (2012-06-28) – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27UB crashed near Besovets during a weather-check flight, two pilots ejected safely but all Russian Su-27s were grounded pending investigation.


29 June 2012 (2012-06-29) – A USN Sikorsky MH-53 Sea Dragon of HM-14 was destroyed by fire after an emergency landing near Pohang, South Korea, all 12 on-board vacated the helicopter safely.

July[edit]

1 July 2012 (2012-07) – A MAFFS-equipped North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Lockheed C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, crashed in southwest South Dakota while fighting White Draw Fire, killing four crew and seriously injuring two.[117]


3 July 2012 (2012-07-03) – Two RAF Panavia Tornado GR4Ts, ZD743 and ZD812 collided in mid-air and crashed in the Moray Firth, Scotland. Three of the four crew were killed.[118][119]


20 July 2012 (2012-07-20) – A Royal Brunei Air Force (RBrunAF) Bell 212 crashed near Kuala Belait, Brunei killing 12 of the 14 on board.[120]

August[edit]

22 August 2012 (2012-08-22) – A FAB AMX International AMX hit a bird. All the electrical system and the engine were damaged. The pilot successfully landed


25 August 2012 (2012-08-25) – An Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Bell 214 crashed in the Western Iran killing all three crew and on soldier on board.


29 August 2012 (2012-08-29) – A USMC Bell UH-1Y of HMLA-469 crashed in Helamand province, Afghanistan killing two soldiers from the 2nd Australian Commando Regiment.


30 August 2012 (2012-08-30) – Two IAF Mil Mi-17s collide during a training flight 12 km from the Jamnagar airbase, all nine on board the two helicopters died.

September[edit]

1 September 2012 (2012-09) – A USMC McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet crashed in a remote range area of the Fallon Range Training Complex, The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely.[121]


6 September 2012 (2012-09-06) – A Russian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29 crashed into a hill near Chilta in the Siberian Military District killing the pilot, all Mig-29 flying was suspended.


8 September 2012 (2012-09-08) – A Russian Army Mil Mi-35 crashed into a mountain in bad weather near North Cuacauss republic of Dagestan, all four on board killed.


22 September 2012 (2012-09-22) – A Ukrainian Air Force (UkAF) Aero L-39 crashed after an engine fire on take-off from Chuguyiv airfield, pilot killed.

Wreckage of the F-22 that crashed 15 November 2012.

15 November 2012 (2012-11-15) – Lockheed Martin F-22A-10-LM, 00-4013, 'TY' tailcode, c/n 645-4013, of the 43d Fighter Squadron,[122] crashes during a training mission E of Tyndall AFB, Florida. The pilot ejects safely and no injuries were reported on the ground.[123] The investigation determines that a "chafed" electrical wire ignited the fluid in a hydraulic line, causing a fire that damaged the flight controls.[124]

November[edit]

21 November 2012 (2012-11-21) – A Yemeni Air Force (YemAF) Antonov An-26 crashed at Sana'a, capital of Yemen, killing all 10 people on board included five military officers.[125]


22 November 2012 (2012-11-22) – The pilot of the Czech Republic Air Force (CzAF) subsonic one-seat military aircraft Aero L-159 Alca that crashed in central Bohemia was found dead in its wreckage.[126]


23 November 2012 (2012-11-23) – Two Venezuelan Air Force (VenAF) North American OV-10 Broncos collide during a demonstration flight near El Libertador Air Base in the state of Aragua, Venezuela. One of the pilots is killed. Three soldiers are also injured in the crash.[127]

December[edit]

5 December 2012 (2012-12-05) – A South African Air Force (SAAF) Douglas C-47TP crashed in the Drakensberg Mountains killing all eleven people on board.


6 December 2012 (2012-12-06) – A FAB AMX International AMX collided with power lines in the state of Santa Catarina. The pilot died.


21 December 2012 (2012-12-21) – A United Nations Mil Mi-8 helicopter with a crew of five Russians was shot down near Likuangole in South Sudan by the SPLA, killing all the crew.

2013[edit]

January[edit]

5 January 2013 (2013-01-05) – A Colombian Navy Bell 412 ARC214 crashed into the Pacific Ocean killing one and badly injuring the other five on board.

8 January 2013 (2013-01-08) – A Royal Air Force Embraer EMB 312 Tucano T. Mk 1 aircraft ZF349 of 1 FTS made an emergency belly landing at RAF Linton-on-Ouse following an engine failure. Both crew were uninjured.[128]


11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) – A Myanmar Air Force (MyanAF) Mil Mi-25 crashed 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Myitkyina due to engine failure, both pilots and one other onboard killed. Rebel forces also claim they had downed a government helicopter on the same day.

28 January 2013 (2013-01-28) – A USAF General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed during a night training exercise over the Adriatic Sea, killing the pilot.[129]

February[edit]

11 February 2013 (2013-02-11) – An Azerbaijan Air Force (AzerAF) Mil Mi-8 crashed into the Caspian Sea, all three on board killed.

12 February 2013 (2013-02-12) – An IAF Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-27MU crashed during a training flight near Allwani Ki Dhani in Rajasthan State, pilots ejected safely but two killed on the ground.


19 February 2013 (2013-02-19) – A (YemAF) Sukhoi Su-22 crashed into Change Square, Sanaa, Yemen killing a number of civilians on the ground and badly damaging property, pilot ejected safely.

21 February 2013 (2013-02-21) – A Mexican Air Force (MexAF) Pilatus PC-6, 3303', crashed during a training flight near to the General Alfredo Leazama Alvarez Air Base in southern Mexico. Crew airlifted to hospital but both died of injuries.

March[edit]

5 March 2013 (2013-03-05) – An Indian Navy HAL Chetak helicopter, IN445, crashed into the Bay of Bengal during a routine training flight, two of the four crew missing later recovered from wreck.

7 March 2013 (2013-03-07) – A Romanian Air Force (RomAF) IAR 330 helicopter crashed near Filipesti in east Romania, two of the five crew killed.


9 March 2013 (2013-03-09) – A United Nations Mil Mi-8 with a crew of four Russians crashed near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, all crew members were killed.

9 March 2013 (2013-03-09) – A United States Army (US Army) Sikorksy UH-60L crashed during a heavy rain storm in south-eastern Afghanistan, five killed.


11 March 2013 (2013-03-11) – A USMC Grumman EA-6B Prowler crashed during a scheduled low-level flight. 3 fatalities.[130]

11 March 2013 (2013-03-11) – An Israeli Air Force (IDF/AF) Bell AH-1S helicopter crashed during a training flight in southern Israel, two killed.


12 March 2013 (2013-03-12) – A Zambian Air Force (ZamAF) Harbin Z-9 helicopter crashed while landing at Lusaka Airport, one of the two crew killed.

14 March 2013 (2013-03-14) – A Colombian Air Force (ColAF) Beech T-34A, FAC-2304, crashed in central western Colombia, both instructor and student killed.


16 March 2013 (2013-03-16) – A Russian Federal Border Guard Service Mil Mi-8MN crashed at Khankla Air Base in Chechnya in low visibility, three of the four crew killed.

18 March 2013 (2013-03-18) – A Mauritanian Air Force (MaurAF) Embraer EMB-312F on a post-maintenance flight crashed in a desert area in the Adar region of Mauritania, pilot ejected safely but the mechanic was killed.

April[edit]

12 April 2013 (2013-04-12) – A Chadian Air Force (ChadAF) helicopter (probably a Mil Mi-17) crashed around 50 km northeast of the Malian town of Sevare, killing all 5 occupants, including a senior military officer. The soldiers were part of the Chadian force of 1,800 sent to help the Malian government in the ongoing conflict within the country.[131]

27 April 2013 (2013-04-27) – A USAF Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty crashed near Kandahar Airport, Afghanistan, killing the four crew.

May[edit]

3 May 2013 (2013-05-03) – A USAF KC-135 Stratotanker crashed in Bishkek, Chuy Province northern Kyrgyzstan, killing the three crew.

June[edit]

25 June 2013 (2013-06-25) – An IAF Mil Mi-17 carrying 20 personnel working on Flash Flood rescue operations near Gaurikund in North India crashed into hilly terrain killing all on board.[132]

26 June 2013 (2013-06-26) – A USAF General Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon carrying two pilots crashed due to bird strike while conducting a "touch n go". Both pilots ejected near Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.[133]

August[edit]

1 August 2013 (2013-08) – Two Virginia Air National Guard (VANG) General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon Aircraft collided off the coast of Virginia one crashed the other was able to fly back to base. Crew from both aircraft survive.[134]

5 August 2013 (2013-08-05) – A USAF Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near Camp Hansen Training Area on Okinawa, Three of the four personnel on-board survive.[135]


9 August 2013 (2013-08-09) – An Ethiopian Air Force Antonov An-12 crashed at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia while carrying a cargo of weapons and ammunition. 4 of the 6 crew members were killed.

19 August 2013 (2013-08-19) – A USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer of the 28th Bomb Wing, from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, crashed in a remote area near Broadus, Montana, in the southeastern part of the state. two pilots and two weapons systems officers ejected, but with some injuries.[136]

22 August 2013 (2013-08-22) – A USN Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk "617" of HSC-6 "Indians" crashed in the Red Sea.3 Crew members were rescued, Two pilots presumed dead.

September[edit]

11 September 2013 (2013-09-11) – Two Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) SEPECAT Jaguars collide and crash during a training mission near Rakhyut in Oman, one pilot killed.

22 September 2013 (2013-09-22) – A RAFO Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter, crashed in Oman during a training mission, pilot killed.


23 September 2013 (2013-09-23) – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 crashed during a training mission in the Kasnodar region of Southern Russia, pilot ejected but was killed.

3 October 2013 (2013-10-03) – Westland Sea King helicopter ZE428 of the Fleet Air Arm was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, United Kingdom.[137]

October[edit]

13 October 2013 (2013-10-13) – A Egyptian Air Force (EAF) Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 crashed during a training flight near Luxor. The pilot ejected but one person on the ground was killed.[138]

23 October 2013 (2013-10-23) – A Swiss Air Force (SwAF) McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet crashed into a mountain side near Alpnachstad. Both pilots died in the crash.[139]

November[edit]

9 November 2013 (2013-11-09) – A Indonesian Army Mil Mi-17 crashed during landing at Malinau after a flight from Tarakan. Thirteen of twenty one passengers and crew died in the crash.[140]

12 November 2013 (2013-11-12) – An unarmed New York Air National Guard (NYANG) UAV crashed into Lake Ontario during a training exercise on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the U.S. military said. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper of NYANG 174th Fighter Wing took off from the Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum, New York, as part of a mission training pilots for the USAF, NYANG Colonel Greg Semmel said.[141]

13 November 2013 (2013-11-13) – Two Finnish Air Force (FinAF) BAE Systems Hawk collided during a training flight near Kauhava Airport in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland.[142] One pilot was killed while the other, who ejected, was hospitalized.[143]

2014[edit]

January[edit]

7 January 2014 (2014-01-07) – A USAF Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk crashes into marshes near Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, United Kingdom killing all four crew members.[144] A bird strike had incapacitated the pilot and co-pilot.[145]

8 January 2014 (2014-01-08) – A United States Navy Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashes into the Atlantic Ocean 18 nautical miles (33 km) off the coast of Virginia, killing three of the five crew.;[146][147]


15 January 2014 (2014-01-15) – A USN Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet of VFA-143 crashed off Virginia, pilot was rescued.

16 January 2014 (2014-01-16) – A Pakistan Air Force Dassault Mirage 5DPA2 crashed in a training accident in Pakistan, killing student and instructor.

23 January 2014 (2014-01-23) – An Italian Army Agusta-Bell 206C-1 crashed on a training flight near Rome-Viterbo killing student and instructor (army aviation commander Gen. Calligaris)

February[edit]

11 February 2014 (2014-02-11) – 2014 Algeria Lockheed C-130 Hercules crash: an Algerian Air Force C-130 crashed in a mountainous area en route to Constantine, killing all but 1 of the 4 crew and 74 passengers on board.

March[edit]

3 March 2014 (2014-03-03) – Scandinavian Airlines flight SK 681 with 132 people on board had to take last minute evasive action to avoid colliding with a Russian spy plane (Ilyushin 20m) just off the Swedish south coast near Malmö.[148][149]

4 March 2014 (2014-03-04) – An MQ-1B Predator of the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron impacts on the runway at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, during a practice landing. The accident was revealed when Air Combat Command released the abbreviated accident investigation report on 28 October 2014. The airframe suffered significant damage with a repair cost estimate of $4.5 million during the routine launch and recovery training mission. The board president found that the cause was low-level wind shear during a critical phase of landing, coupled with the pilot's lack of training in landing operations for the MQ-1B. Incorrect control inputs caused the aircraft to continue bouncing on the runway until its undercarriage was destroyed.[150]

28 March 2014 (2014-03-28) – An Indian Air Force C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft, crashed near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, while on a training mission killing all 5 onboard and destroying the aircraft.[151][152]

April[edit]

26 April 2014 (2014-04-26) – Westland Lynx Mk 9A ZF540 crashed 20 kilometres (11 nmi) south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. All five people on board were killed.[153]

May[edit]

12 May 2014 (2014-05-12) – A French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000-5 crashed off Meurthe-et-Moselle, pilot was rescued.

17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) – A Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force Antonov An-74 crashed near Baan Nadi. Sixteen of the Seventeen people on board were killed.

27 May 2014 (2014-05-27) – An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed outside Bijbehara in Jammu and Kashmir, killing the pilot.[154]

June[edit]

2 June 2014 (2014-06-02) – Westland Gazelle XZ936 of the Empire Test Pilots School was severely damaged in a landing accident at MoD Boscombe Down.[155]

4 June 2014 (2014-06-04) – An F/A-18E Super Hornet of VFA-81 Sun Liners crashed while trying to land on the USS. Carl Vinson off the coast of Southern California .Pilot ejected safely.


4 June 2014 (2014-06-04) – A AV-8B Harrier crashed into a house in Imperial County,California. Pilot sustained minor injuries.

9 June 2014 (2014-06-09) – A Spanish air force Eurofighter Typhoon crashed at Morón Air Base, killing the pilot.[156]


23 June 2014 (2014-06-23) – A fire breaks out in the rear of USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, 10-5015, of the 58th Fighter Squadron, 'EG' tailcode, while on the runway during take off at 0915 hrs. from Eglin AFB, Florida. The pilot is able to shut down the engine and exit the airframe without injury. A grounding order of the 26 Air Force F-35s based at Eglin until 25 June is extended indefinitely after an initial safety investigation turns up "additional evidence and information", stated Lt. Hope Cronin, spokeswoman for the 33d Fighter Wing. The order does not affect Marines and Navy versions of the F-35, and so far is limited to Eglin. The Air Force has not released the extent of the damage, but Cronin said that the fire was significant.[157] The fighter suffered a major engine failure that reportedly caused a 12 to 15 ft (3.7 to 4.6m) section to detach, starting the fire.[158] Fire was caused by excessive rubbing of fan blades inside the engine. Category 5 damage so it is a write off.[159] The accident report, released 5 June 2015 by the Air Education and Training Command Investigation Board, confirmed that the engine failed when the third stage forward integral arm of a rotor fractured and broke free during takeoff. Pieces of the failed rotor arm cut through the engine's fan case, the engine bay, an internal fuel tank and hydraulic and fuel lines before exiting through the aircraft's upper fuselage. The failure caused leaking fuel and hydraulic fluid to ignite and burn the rear two thirds of the airframe.[160]

23 June 2014 (2014-06-23) – A German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon collided with a civilian Learjet during an exercise. The Learjet crashed near the town of Olsberg, North-Rhine Westphalia, killing the two crew. The Eurofighter Typhoon landed safely[161]

July[edit]

7 July 2014 (2014-07-07) – A Vietnamese Air Defence-Air Force service Mil Mi-171 helicopter with 21 troops on board crashed in Thạch Thất District in Vietnam, eighteen crew members died and three survived with severe injuries.[162][163][164][165]

13 July 2014 (2014-07-13) – A Z-9 helicopter went down about 10 kilometers south of Phnom Penh claimed 4 lives, including 2 Cambodian military generals.[166]

15 July 2014 (2014-07-15) – An Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-4E Phantom crashed near Lake Bakhtegan killing both pilots.

August[edit]

1 August 2014 (2014-08) – Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft crashed in Pune.Pilot ejected safely

5 August 2014 (2014-08-05) – Croatian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis aircraft crashed near Zagreb-Pleso airport due engine fire. Pilot ejected safely.


19 August 2014 (2014-08-19) – Two Italian Air Force Panavia Tornado aircraft collide and crash near Venarotta, Marche, Italy, killing both pilots and both weapon system officers.[167]

20 August 2014 (2014-08-20) – A Guatemalan Air Force Bell 206 crashed near Aguacate, Nentón, Huehuetenango, killing all five officers on board, among them Maj. Gen. Rudy Israel Ortiz Ruiz, Chief of Defence Staff.

27 August 2014 (2014-08-27) – A Massachusetts Air National Guard McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle crashed near Deerfield, Virginia.[168]

September[edit]

1 September 2014 (2014-09) – A United States Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden whilst attempting to land on USS Mesa Verde. All 25 people on board were rescued.[169]

October[edit]

8 October 2014 (2014-10-08) – United States Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15D-41-MC Eagle, 86-0182, c/n 0994/D062,[170] of the 493d Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, 'LN' tail code,[150] crashed in a field at Broadgate, Weston Hills, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. The pilot ejected and survived with minor injuries.[171] He was taken by a HH-60G Pave Hawk from the resident 56th Rescue Squadron for evaluation at the RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk base hospital.[172]

November[edit]

6 November 2014 (2014-11-06) – A United States Army Boeing AH-64D Apache crashed close to Gowen Field, Idaho in the United States, two crew killed.[173]

6 November 2014 (2014-11-06) – A United States Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon of the 82d Aerial Targets Squadron, 53d Weapons Evaluation Group, on a routine training mission out of Tyndall AFB, crashes into the Gulf of Mexico 57 miles (92 km) south of Panama City, Florida, when the base loses contact with it at ~0915 hrs. Civilian pilot Matthew LaCourse killed,[173] body recovered later that day.[174] LaCourse was a former USAF pilot who retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years of service with over 2,000 flight hours in the F-4 Phantom II and 1,500 hours in other types, including the F-16C. He was formerly the commander of the 82d ATRS, said Lena Lopez, spokesperson for the 53d WEG. From 1 January to 12 December 2014, civilians flew 337 of the 526 sorties in QF-16s and QF-4s, or 64 percent, flown by the 82d. Civilians make up 60 percent of the 82d pilots, active duty military pilots comprise the other 40 percent.[175]


13 November 2014 (2014-11-13) – A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35P crashed near Girl, Nigeria, three crew killed.[173]

21 November 2014 (2014-11-21) – A Pakistan Air Force Mirage crashed near the Kirthar Mountains in Pakistan, one killed and one seriously injured.[173]

2015[edit]

January[edit]

20 January 2015 (2015-01-20) – An UH-60A Black Hawk, 81-23560, c/n 70–281, assigned to 1–140 Avn. Co.,[176] California Army National Guard, out of Los Alamitos Army Airfield, California, suffers a hard landing at Ramona Airport, California, at ~1800 hrs. ending up on its starboard side. The crew received minor injuries and were treated at the scene then transported to hospital for further examination. "A statement issued by the National Guard said the helicopter sustained significant damage, but did not say why the pilot had to make the forced landing."[177][178] A team from the NTSB arrived on the morning of 21 January.[179] Airframe was removed by 1530 hrs. on 22 January and taken on a flatbed trailer to Joint Training Base Los Alamitos. Ramona Airport reopened to traffic at 1700 hrs.[180]

26 January 2015 (2015-01-26) – A Greek Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed during takeoff from Albacete Airport, Spain. Ten people were killed, including two Greek pilots and eight French military personnel on the ground.[181] Twenty-one were injured, including six seriously injured.[182][183]


31 January 2015 (2015-01-31) – A Philippine Air Force SF-260FH on a training flight crashed into a sea in Nasugbu, Batangas. The plane was flying in formation with two other planes. Two of the plane's pilots were killed.[184]

31 January 2015 (2015-01-31) – An Indian Air Force MiG 21 on a training flight crashed into a sea in Gujurat, India. The plane crashed during a routine training exercise. The pilot ejected and was recovered shortly after.[185]

February[edit]

22 February 2015 (2015-02-22) – An USMC F/A-18D impacted wooded terrain east of Statenville, Georgia. Both pilots ejected and sustained minor injuries.[186]

24 February 2015 (2015-02-24) – Two Turkish Air Force RF-4E collided in mid-air and crashed during reconnaissance flights in the Akçadağ district of Turkey's Malatya province. All four pilots died[187][188]

March[edit]

4 March 2015 (2015-03-04) – A Pakistani Air Force Dassault Mirage 5 crashed due to adverse weather conditions on a routine training flight. Both pilots died in the crash.[189]

5 March 2015 (2015-03-05) – A Turkish Air Force F-4E-2020 Terminator from 112 Filo "Devils" of Eskisehir crashed under unknown circumstances during a training mission. Both pilots, Captain Mustafa Tanis and Captain Mustafa Delikanli did not or were not able to eject.[190]


5 March 2015 (2015-03-05) – An Indian Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar crashed due to technical issues. The pilot ejected safely.[191]

10 March 2015 (2015-03-10) – Seven Marines and four soldiers were missing early Wednesday, 11 March, after an Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base. Base officials said the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers were from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit. The helicopter was reported missing around 2030 hrs, and went down near Range A-17, in the Santa Rosa Sound, east of the Navarre Beach Bridge[192] Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 0200 Wednesday, Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said. "At this time all are missing," Bourland said. Names of those involved were being withheld pending notification of next of kin, he said. Bourland said the Army helicopter took off from a nearby airport in Destin and joined other aircraft in the training exercise.[193] Bourland said that the second UH-60 on the training mission was not involved in the crash and all of its crew were accounted for.[194][195] The aircraft are assigned to the 1–244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana.[192] The aircraft apparently struck the surface of Santa Rosa Sound,in Navarre, as wreckage and human remains have been recovered from both shores of the waterway. Heavy fog slowed recovery operations.[196][197] An investigation conducted by the Louisiana National Guard and the U.S. Special Operations Command found that the crash was caused when the two pilots became disoriented and lost control while switching from visual-based to instrument-based flight procedures in a thick fog, it was announced on 4 June 2015.[198]

April[edit]

16 April 2015 (2015-04-16) – A Pakistani Air Force Mirage fighter jet crashed during a routine flight. The pilot ejected and was rescued.[199]

16 April 2015 (2015-04-16) – Two Vietnam People's Air Force Su-22M4 collided mid-air and crashed in the South China Sea. Both pilots ejected but are still being searched for by Vietnamese search and rescue.[200]

May[edit]

8 May 2015 (2015-05-08) – A Pakistan Army Mil Mi-17 crashed, killing eight people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines.[201][202]


9 May 2015 (2015-05-09) – A Spanish Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas crashed on take-off from San Pablo Airport, Seville. Four people were killed and two were seriously injured.[203]


12 May 2015 (2015-05-12) – A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet of NAS Oceana-based VFA-211 crashed into the Persian Gulf after launching off the USS Theodore Roosevelt. A 5th Fleet spokesman could not confirm whether the crash was due to pilot error or aircraft malfunction, adding that those details will be sorted out in an investigation to follow. Both aviators ejected and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel. "We're grateful for the quick work of the search and rescue pilots, and we're grateful that they're on the ship and undergoing medical care, and appear to be doing well," Cmdr. Kevin Stephens told Navy Times. Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert, and without serious injury," 5th Fleet said.[204]


12 May 2015 (2015-05-12) – A U.S. Marine Corps Bell UH-1Y "Venom" Huey, BuNo 168792, 'SE-08',[205] of Camp Pendleton-based HMLA-496 "Vengeance" was declared missing in the Charikot Region of the Himalaya Mountains while conducting humanitarian relief operations in the wake of the Magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region earlier. The following is a statement from PACOM: "On May 12, at approximately 10 p.m. JST, a UH-1Y Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 in support of Joint Task Force 505 was declared missing while supporting Operation Sahayogi Haat." The Nepalese Army discovered the crash site on Friday, May 15. All eight servicemembers aboard are deceased. The six U.S. Marines are: Capt Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt Christopher L. Norgen, Sgt Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt Eric M. Seaman, Cpl Sara A. Medina and LCpl Jacob A. Hug. The two Nepalese soilders are: Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara.[206][207][208]


17 May 2015 (2015-05-17) – One Marine was killed when MV-22B Osprey, BuNo 168020, c/n D0150, of VMM-161, 'YR-01',[205] from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a hard-landing mishap, burned, while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Training Area – Bellows at ~1140 hrs., Hawaii time. Twenty-one Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were aboard at the time, and all other 21 have been transported to local hospitals for assessment and treatment. The Marines were conducting routine sustainment training at the time. The 15th MEU departed San Diego 10 May on a seven-month deployment to the Pacific Command and Central Command areas of operation. The cause of the incident is under investigation.[209] Military officials confirmed the death of a second Marine, in hospital on 19 May. "Family members and sources close to the victim identified him as Matt Determan and said he died Tuesday from injuries sustained during the crash, which also killed 24-year-old Lance Corporal Joshua Barron and injured 20 others. At least two of the Marines who were injured in the crash remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday, according to a Marine Corps. spokesperson."[210]


22 May 2015 (2015-05-22) – A U.S. Navy aviator ejects from a T-45C Goshawk, 'A', of VT-9, based at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, when he overruns runway 29 at Halsey Field, NAS North Island, California, at ~1400 hrs. PDT with both pilot and airframe ending up in San Diego Bay. Civilian boaters rescue the pilot who is conveyed to UC San Diego Medical Center for examination. He was treated and released. The airframe, which came to rest upright partially submerged in shallow water was retrieved by a crane as night fell.[211] The pilot, who was not named, was conducting a routine training mission to prepare for aircraft carrier landing qualifications, according to the Navy.[212]

June[edit]

22 June 2015 (2015-06-22) – Four Colombian soldiers are killed and their Black Hawk destroyed when the helicopter lands in a minefield planted by leftist rebels in northeastern Colombia. The soldiers were traveling to the rebel-dominated Catatumbo region to escort workers repairing an oil pipeline damaged by a recent bombing by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. "An army statement says six other soldiers suffered injuries in the accident, without providing more details."[213]

30 June 2015 (2015-06-30) – An Indonesian Air Force Lockheed Hercules aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Soewondo Air Force Base, Medan, killing all 121 occupants and at least 20 people on the ground.[214]

July[edit]

7 July 2015 (2015-07-07) – A Shaw AFB-based F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon,[215] of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, collides at ~1130 hrs. with a civilian Cessna 150C with two aboard[216] over Monck's Corner, Berkeley County, South Carolina, with both aircraft coming down near Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner. The F-16 pilot ejected and has been recovered. The Cessna fuselage wreckage came down in a rice field, with no survivors.[217][218]

14 July 2015 (2015-07-14) – A Tupolev Tu-95MS of the Russian Air Force crashed near Litovka, 60 kilometers from Khabarovsk, following possible engine failure. The seven crew bailed out. Two died while landing, while five other landed safely.[219][220][221]

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