A Block 50 F-16CM from the U.S. Air Force Crashes In Germany

A Block 50 F-16CM from the USAF crashed in Germany earlier today, with the pilot ejecting and safely landing in the nearby area. The crashed airplane was found headed for a dense Bavarian forest, leaving the plane in a heap of smoke and ruble at the scene of the crash as well. The jet in question is an F-16CM from the U.S. Air Force 480th Fighter Squadron, named the “Warhawks,” which is based at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.

According to the 52nd Fighter Wing, the aircraft was on a training mission and it was carrying a set of six 25 pound Mk-76 training bombs. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t any danger present due to the aircraft’s crash. The F-16 carries a full load of jet fuel, but that isn’t the biggest environmental, health and safety concern! Additionally the F-16 burning, specially in a crash like this, could exert highly toxic composite structures fumes when burning but also the aircraft’s hydrazine reserves.

Hydrazine (systematically named diazane or tetrahydridodinitrogen(N—N)) is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula H2NNH2 (also written N2H4). It is a colourless flammable liquid with an ammonia-like odor. Hydrazine is highly toxic and dangerously unstable unless handled in solution.

The F-16 belonged to the only ‘Wild Weasel’ squadron currently present in the European region. The squadron like this is accountable for supression of enemy radar/missile batteries through use of anti-radiation missiles and other weapons available to the airforce. It is yet unclear what caused the crash, but we will keep you updated on this matter throughout the information becoming available.

Source: Foxtrot Alpha