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US Non-Combat Military Aircraft Accidents in 2000
Mar 19 USAF  F-16 Texas, USA Crashed Sunday afternoon at an air show at Kingsville Naval Air Station. The pilot, the only person aboard, was killed. Maj. Brison Phillips, a member of the F-16 East Coast Demonstration Team, also known as the Ninth Air Force Demonstration Team, crashed while performing during an Air Show 2000 at the naval station. No one and no property on the ground were hit. A pilot was assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron.
Apr 9 USMC  MV-22 Arizona, USA Crashes at the Marana Northwest Regional Airport about 15 miles northwest of Tucson during a training exercise, killing 19 Marines aboard. The aircraft was in the process of shifting its propellers from airplane function to helicopter mode when it went down about 500 yards from a runway. It was one of two Ospreys simulating the evacuation of civilians from an embassy in a hostile country. Among victims were four crew members and 15 passengers. Both planes were stationed at a Marine Corps air base in Yuma, Arizona, although the troops on board were from around the United States.
Jun 16 USAF  F-16 Arizona, USA Crashed in the Arizona desert on Friday during a training exercise at Luke Air Force Base, but the pilot ejected safely. $20 million jet crashed at 7:45 a.m. local time south west of Sells in southern Arizona. The pilot was assigned to 309th Fighter Squadron.
Jun 18 USN  F-14 Pennsylvania, USA Crashed into a residential area in Horsham, Pennsylvania, while participating in an air show, killing both pilots. The crash occurred at 4:43 p.m. EDT. The jet was taking part in an annual air show at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, just north of Philadelphia. The two men belonged to VF-101 Squadron, based at Naval Air Station Oceania in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jul 26 USN  F-14 Saudi Arabia Crashed Wednesday in the Saudi Arabian desert during a routine training exercise. The pilot and a navy flight officer ejected to safety from the two-seater F-14 Tomcat. The jet had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is operating in the Red Sea.
Aug 8 USAF F-16 Nevada, USA Crashed in the Nevada desert Tuesday about 5 p.m. some 70 miles north of Nellis Air Force Base, after apparently clipping another jet during a training exercise. The pilot ejected and was not injured. His plane crashed into a dry lake bed 125 miles north of Las Vegas. Another F-16 landed a short time later with minor damage, leading investigators to speculate the planes struck each other in midair.
Aug 10 USN  MH-53E Gulf of Mexico Two crewmembers were injured and four others were killed on Thursday after a USN helicopter carrying six people crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast. The MH-53E mine-sweeping helicopter was on a routine training mission when it went down about 15 miles off the coast southeast of Corpus Christi. The dead crew members were identified as the pilot, Lt. Shawn O. Jacobs, 30, of Jefferson City, Mo.; co-pilot Lt. Edward R. Fassnacht, 31, of Akron, Ohio; and petty officers Jeffrey S. Paschal, 40, of Phoenix, and David E. Rutherford, 27, of Masontown, Pa. Fassnacht's and Rutherford's bodies were found Friday. The Sea Dragon was hovering about 17 miles off shore on a minesweeping training mission when it reported a mechanical malfunction and then plummeted into the water. The aircraft and crew members belonged to HM-15 mine countermeasures squadron based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Aug 28 USAF Reserve Command F-16C Texas, USA An Air Force Reserve Command pilot was killed when the single-seat F-16C Fighting Falcon he was flying crashed at about 6 p.m. CDT Aug. 28 near Tulia, Texas. Maj. Stephen W. Simons, 41, was assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing's 457th Fighter Squadron at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field, Texas. Simons was returning to NAS Fort Worth from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, when the accident occurred. The aircraft was carrying an inert AIM-9M training missile, but no live munitions or bombs.
Aug 31 USAF T-6 Texan II Texas, USA A T-6 Texan II, assigned to the 12th Flying Training Wing, crashed just south of San Antonio at approximately 4:50 p.m. Aug 31. The aircrew was on an aircraft familiarization flight and conducting instrument procedures at the time of the accident. The two crew members, Major Todd A. Black and Lieutenant Colonel Michael B. McGinty, ejected safely from the aircraft. There were no civilian injuries or damage to structures on the ground.
Sep 6 USAF T-37 Oklahoma, USA A student pilot was killed when an Air Force T-37 crashed one mile short of the runway at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. The pilot was performing a training mission at the time of the accident and the cause of the crash is not known at this time. Vance AFB, home of the 71st Flying Training Wing, trains pilots for the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve and for allied countries.
Sep 11 USMC F/A-18D Arizona, USA Collided with another Hornet in the skies near Yuma, Arizona, on the Barry M. Goldwater Range, killing both pilots aboard. Killed in the crash were Capt. Bret O. Hines, the pilot, and Maj. Nicholas Ferencz III, the weapons systems officer. The other Hornet landed safely with relatively minor damage, according to a statement distributed by Marine Corps headquarters in the Pentagon. Neither the pilot nor the weapons systems officer was injured. The Hornet that crashed was from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 base at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
Sep 14 USAF RQ-1L Nevada, USA Crashed near Indian Springs Auxiliary Field, Nev. on Sept. 14.The Predator, from the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron based at Indian Springs, was destroyed in the accident. There were no injuries or significant property damage as a result of the crash. According to the Air Combat Command's Accident Investigation Report the crash occurred due to a loss of communication with the ground control station.
Sep 29 USN F/A-18C Persian Gulf The pilot was killed when his single-seat U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into the Persian Gulf shortly after takeoff from the USS Abraham Lincoln. The pilot of the F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter lost communication with the aircraft carrier soon after taking off Friday for a routine test on carrier landings. The aircraft carrier's home port is Everett, Wash. It arrived on station in the Gulf on Sept. 24. The single-seat fighter jet was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14.
Oct 5 USMC F/A-18C Arizona, USA The single-seat fighter crashed on the Barry Goldwater training range at Yuma during a training session with other F/A-18s. The pilot, Capt. Les P. Verdon, was treated for minor cuts and bruises and released from the Yuma Regional Medical Center, according to a Marine Corps statement. The aircraft is from Marine Air Squadron 251 at Beaufort, S.C., and was temporarily assigned to Yuma.
Oct 20 USN F/A-18C Pacific Ocean A Navy fighter plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from an aircraft carrier, and the pilot was presumed dead. The single-seat F/A-18C Hornet went down about 95 miles southwest of San Diego at 7:20 p.m. Friday, the Navy said in a news release Saturday. The jet had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, which was coordinating routine flight operations off the California coast.
Oct 27 USN F/A-18 Nevada, USA Two Navy jets collided during a training mission, forcing one pilot to eject and parachute to the ground. Both pilots escaped serious injury. The two F/A-18 Hornets hit Friday night over the desert about 115 miles east of Reno and 55 miles east of Fallon Naval Air Station. One plane crashed after its pilot, Lt. Cam Hansen, ejected. The other pilot, Lt. Joe Krasinski, was able to land even though three feet off his aircraft's right wing had been sheared off and the plane's fuselage, vertical stabilizers and horizontal flaps were damaged. Both pilots are assigned to units at the Oceana, Va., Naval Air Station but are at Fallon as part of regular training.
Nov 12 USAF F-16 Sea of Japan One American pilot was rescued and another missing after two U.S. F-16 fighter jets collided in mid-air over the Sea of Japan on Monday. The collision took place during joint military exercises between Japan and the United States which began on November 2, their first exercises in line with the adoption of new security arrangements last year. One pilot, Col. Michael Lepper, ejected safely from his aircraft. The second pilot, Capt. Warren Sneed, after a two-day search, was deemed lost at sea and declared dead.
Nov 16 USAF F-16 Florida, USA An Air Force F-16 collided with a small plane Thursday and crashed in flames near Sarasota, Florida. One person aboard the small plane was killed, while the fighter pilot parachuted to safety. Pieces of the small plane, a Cessna, landed on the golf course, while the wreckage of the fighter jet started a fire in the woods a few miles away. The Air Force said the jet was from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., but was on a training mission that originated from Florida's MacDill Air Force Base, about 20 miles from the crash site.
Dec 11 USMC MV-22 North Carolina, USA A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft on a night-training mission crashed in a densely wooded area on Monday night in North Carolina. All four crew members aboard were killed. The aircraft belongs to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204 based at New River.

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