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US Non-Combat Military Aircraft Accidents in 2001

Jan 12 USAF A-10 Republic of Korea A USAF pilot from Osan AB, Republic of Korea, successfully ejected from an Air Force A-10 aircraft at 2:13 p.m. Jan. 12 while on a training mission. Col. John Lauten, 51st Fighter Wing vice commander, was treated and released from the Osan Air Base Hospital. He suffered only minor injuries. The plane crashed about one mile east of the Osan airfield. No other injuries were reported.
Jan 16 US Army UH-60 California, USA A Blackhawk helicopter crashed while hoisting a Humvee during nighttime training in the Mojave Desert, injuring five soldiers. The UH-60 Blackhawk and the Humvee were destroyed in the accident Tuesday at Bicycle Lake Army Airfield, 110 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The soldiers, who were from Fort Hood, Texas, suffered broken bones and cuts.
Feb 3 USMC AV-8 North Carolina, USA A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed Saturday as it neared touchdown on a base runway at Cherry Point station, NC. The two crew members were killed. The jump-jet crashed while approaching the runway about 4 p.m. The Cherry Point station is home to one Harrier training squadron and three squadrons that are deployed on missions accompanying Marines from nearby Camp Lejeune.
Feb 13 US Army UH-60 Hawaii, USA Six soldiers died and nine were injured after two U.S. Army helicopters crashed during an exercise on the north shore of Hawaii's Oahu island on Monday night. There had been 17 soldiers on the two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. They were participating in the annual Lightning Thrust Warrior exercises of the Army's 25th Infantry Division, a light aviation brigade. The exercise involved 30 helicopters ferrying nearly 1,000 soldiers from Wheeler Army Airfield to a base in Kahuku. It began on Feb. 5 and was scheduled to end on Friday.
Mar 3 National Guard C-23 Georgia, USA A plane carrying members of a National Guard engineering crew on a training mission crashes and bursts into flames in a field near Unadilla, Ga., killing all 21 people on board. Among victims were three Florida guardsmen and 18 members of the Virginia National Guard, who were passengers on the plane.
Mar 21 USAF F-16 New Mexico, USA The pilot of an F-16 fighter ejected safely before the jet crashed near a bombing range Wednesday morning. Capt. Dawn Hokaj, who is assigned to the base's 522nd Fighter Squadron, told investigators the jet's single engine failed during the routine training flight. She was treated for minor injuries. The jet, an F-16 assigned to the 27th Fighter Wing, crashed near the Melrose Bombing Range, about 20 miles west of Cannon, a base news release said.
Mar 26 US Army RC-12 Germany An Army reconnaissance plane crashed Monday in Germany, killing two people on board. The plane crashed in a forest near the town of Schwabach, about eight miles southwest of Nuremberg. The RC-12 was on a training flight from an Army airfield at Wiesbaden. It was assigned to the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade at Wiesbaden. The accident happened about 4 p.m. local time. There was no indication of what caused the crash.
Mar 26 USAF F-15 United Kingdom The aircraft, each with one pilot on board, disappeared 45 minutes after taking off Monday from Lakenheath air base, 75 miles northeast of London. The U.S. Air Force at Lakenheath identified the missing men as Lt. Col. Kenneth Hyvonen and Capt. Kirk Jones. F-15 wreckage and one body were spotted Tuesday near the summit of 4,296-foot Ben Macdhui, the tallest peak in the Cairngorms.
Apr 2 USAF F-16 Japan First Lt. Mark Hadley ejected safely as his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed into the sea off northern Japan April 2. Hadley, who is assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron here, and his aircraft were a part of an air-to-ground combat training exercise at Ripsaw Range here at the time of the crash. The fighter plunged into the sea about 12 miles northeast of the base. A Japanese navy helicopter rescued Hadley about 30 minutes after the crash.
Jun USAF F-16 Republic of Korea
Jul 6 USAF F-16 South Carolina, USA Air Force investigators have determined that G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) led to the July 6 crash of an F-16CJ off the coast of South Carolina. The pilot, Capt. Mitchell A Bulmann, sustained fatal injuries while ejecting from the aircraft. The aircraft was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. and was on a training mission at the time of the accident.
Jul 9 USMC CH-46 North Carolina, USA A Marine Corps helicopter crashed into a river during a mock nighttime ship landing, killing three Marines and injuring two. The CH-46 Sea Knight went down in the New River near Camp Lejeune Marine about 11 p.m. Monday. The pilot and co-pilot were hospitalized in stable condition. The bodies of three crew members were pulled from the river by divers early Tuesday. The CH-46 was one of two helicopters practicing a night ship landing.
Jul 17 USAF F-16 California, USA An Air Force F-16 chase plane on a photography mission crashed Tuesday in a remote mountainous area, killing both men on board. It went down about 7 a.m. some 30 miles east of the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center, in an area capped with volcanic peaks. Killed were Maj. Aaron George, a pilot with the 416th Flight Test Squadron, and Judson Brohmer, an aerial photographer.
Jul 18 USAF F-16 Turkey A U.S. F-16 fighter jet heading for a patrol over northern Iraq crashed in Turkey on Wednesday after apparently suffering engine problems, the first U.S. warplane to go down in more than 200,000 flights over the no-fly zones. The pilot, Lt. Michael A. Nelson, Jr., parachuted from the airplane safely and was in good health at Incirlik air base in Turkey. The F-16 went down near the town of Diyarbakir, 60 miles from the Iraqi border, and U.S. officials said there was no hostile fire directed at it. The F-16 that crashed Wednesday was part of the 510th Fighter Squadron based in Aviano air base in Italy.
Jul 26 National Guard F-16 Illinois, USA An Indiana Air National Guard F-16 out of Terre Haute crashed in a field in southern Illinois Thursday while training with two other fighter jets. The pilot, whose name was not released, ejected safely, and no casualties were reported on the ground. The crash occurred at about 2:40 p.m. in a rural area near Parkersburg, Ill.
Aug 8 USN F-14 Indian Ocean Two aviators were missing since Wednesday night when their F-14 failed to return to the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Constellation while in the Indian Ocean. The aircraft was on a routine training mission, according to the Navy. The jet was returning to the ship when radar and radio contact was lost. Officer Lt. Richard Stephen Pugh, 30, from Temecula, Calif. and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Wayne Sides, 39, of Scottsdale, Ariz. have been declared deceased. Both were assigned to Fighter Squadron 2, based at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach.

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