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F-16C Tail number 83-1133

 

Pilot ejected and survived

10 Jan 2002

119th FS 177th FW New Jersey ANG

location, general, SE of Warren Grove training Range right off Garden State Parkway, Little Egg Harbor Township

 

debris was on the parkway, with the main site located in the forest..

I am looking for a more specific location if possible...something to narrow the search a little

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Here's a newspaper article about the accident but it doesn't appear to have detailed information. Providing it to you anyway, just in case.

 

 

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Pilot Safe After Fighter Jet Crashes in Woods

JAN. 11, 2002

 

A New Jersey Air National Guard fighter jet crashed into a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway during training this morning, scattering debris across the highway but causing no injuries.

 

The pilot, whom the authorities would not identify, was safely blasted out of the single-seat F-16 by his ejection seat about 10:45 a.m. He then parachuted to safety into the pine trees of the Bass River State Forest, where he was picked up about 25 minutes later by a Coast Guard helicopter, officials said.

 

He was taken to a hospital near Atlantic City, where he was treated for bumps and bruises typically associated with ejecting, officials said.

 

Some debris from the crash fell on the parkway, about a quarter of a mile to the east, but no vehicles were damaged, officials said.

 

''The whole house shook,'' said Eileen Mauriello, who lives about a quarter of a mile from where the airplane crashed, and near the bombing range at Warren Grove where the jet was practicing bomb drops.

 

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There is no indication yet what happened to the airplane, said Col. Michael G. Cosby, commander of the Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, which is based at Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona.

 

At an afternoon news conference, he said a review board would investigate the crash, which occurred near Milepost 55 of the parkway. He said the F-16 pilot, who is 40, had about 2,900 flying hours and also flew for an airline that Colonel Cosby said he could not identify.

 

Although the colonel said it was too early to say whether the pilot had tried to steer his aircraft away from populated areas before ejecting, one witness said it appeared that way.

 

''I think the guy should be commended,'' said Willie Miller, who was working at a nearby service station, watching the airplanes, when he saw the parachute blossom. ''He didn't take out any schools and he didn't take out any cars and he didn't take out any houses.''

 

The F-16's from the 177th Fighter Wing, which are designed to attack targets on the ground and in the air, helped patrol the no-fly zones in Iraq and have been routinely patrolling the eastern United States as part of a homeland security mission since Sept. 11. The jet that crashed was not on such a patrol, officials said.

 

In the last decade, there have been five incidents involving the unit's airplanes, with one life lost and four planes destroyed. In August 2000, an F-16 pilot was rescued after ditching his plane in the ocean off Brigantine. In September 1997, two F-16's training over the Atlantic Ocean collided 60 miles southeast of Atlantic City. One plunged into the ocean; its two occupants ejected and were rescued. The other airplane returned safely.

 

In February 1997, an F-16 passed within 1,000 feet of a commercial airliner 70 miles east of Atlantic City, setting off collision-avoidance alarms but causing no injuries. And in April 1991, Maj. Robert D. Ashenfelter, 36, died on a training mission when his F-16 crashed into the ocean 60 miles off Atlantic City.

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WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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AIRMAN OK AFTER F-16 GOES DOWN IN JERSEY – CLOSE CALL FOR GARDEN STATE PARKWAY

By Tracy Connor January 11, 2002 | 5:00am

 

One of the F-16 fighter jets that’s been protecting the skies over New York City crashed perilously close to the Garden State Parkway during a training mission yesterday – but the pilot bailed out and walked away with just bruises and scratches.

 

The aircraft belonged to the New Jersey Air National Guard and was based at the 177th Fighter Wing, which was activated after the Sept. 11 terror attacks for homeland security missions over the Northeast.

 

The Fighting Falcon had finished bombing simulations at the Warren Grove weapons range, about 20 miles north of Atlantic City, when it went down in the Pine Barrens in Little Egg Harbor Township at 10:30 a.m.

 

The experienced pilot was getting ready to return to base when he “had a malfunction with the aircraft and he was trying to recover,” said Air National Guard Col. Mike Cosby.

 

When he realized it was futile, he ejected and parachuted into the woods a quarter-mile east of the Garden State Parkway.

 

The jet, which had been flying at about 5,000 feet, crashed about a quarter-mile west of the highway’s southbound lane, sending a plume of fire into the air.

 

“I was inside at the time and you could hear the plane getting lower and lower, and then you heard a really loud thud. It rocked the house and broke the filaments in my light bulbs,” said Elaine Wilbert, who lives near the crash site.

 

“It was pretty intense.”

 

A Coast Guard helicopter found the pilot’s parachute hanging from some trees.

 

“How you doing? Glad to see you,” the unidentified airman told his rescuers before he was hoisted to safety.

 

He suffered minor injuries from the ejection and was treated at and released from a local hospital.

 

The crash scattered debris along a small portion of the highway, but no cars were damaged. State Police shut down one lane for emergency vehicles, and to protect the debris for accident investigators.

 

The pilot was relieved to learn no one on the ground was injured, officials said.

 

The cause of the crash – it’s the 13th F-16 to go down in the last year – was under investigation by the military.

 

NEW JERSEY CRASH

 

F-16 FIGHTING FALCON

 

* Small military plane – only 49 feet, 5 inches long (three sedan cars) with wingspan of 32 feet, 8 inches.

 

* Cost: $30 million to $34 million

 

* Higher accident rate than bombers, tankers or commercial airliners due to tactical type of flying.

 

* More F-16 accidents, per flying hour, with National Guard or Reserve pilots than USAF pilots. (Do not fly as often).

 

* F-16 crashes in woods off Garden State Parkway

 

* Pilot ejects, safely landing near Warren Grove bombing range

 

* F-16 from New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing, Pomona

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

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Pilot survives F-16 crash in New Jersey

January 10, 2002 Posted: 6:04 PM EST (2304 GMT)

 

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (CNN) -- An F-16C that belonged to the New Jersey Air National Guard crashed Thursday in Ocean County in southern New Jersey, according to Lt. Col. John Dwyer, a spokesman for the Guard's 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City.

 

The pilot ejected safely and was transported to a hospital where he is being treated for minor injuries, according to the 177th Fighter Wing.

 

The Pentagon said the plane was on a routine training mission, and there will be an investigation of the crash.

 

Ocean County Chief of Sheriff's Department Jeff Thompson said the wooded crash site is in the area of Warren Grove Weapons Training Range, which is used as a military practice range. The site is in Little Egg Harbor Township.

 

Debris has been found on the Garden State Parkway, according to some reports. Hazardous materials units were to clean up the scene.

 

The F-16C is known as the Fighting Falcon.

 

According to the Air Force, since last year 13 F-16s belonging to various U.S. military services have crashed. Overall, 286 have crashed in the lifetime of service of the all F-16 models.

 

The 177th Fighter Wing is based at the Atlantic City International Airport.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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U.S. F-16 figher jet crashes in New Jersey

Reuters News Service Published 6:30 am, Thursday, January 10, 2002

 

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A New Jersey Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet crashed near a training range in southern New Jersey today and the pilot ejected safely, suffering minor injuries, military officials said.

 

Spokesmen for the 177th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said the F-16 C model crashed just after 10 a.m. EST, but it was not known what impact the aircraft made on the ground.

 

"He has been found, he's been recovered OK. He is on his way to the hospital to be checked out, minor injuries from ejection," said Col. John Dwyer of the 177th Fighter Wing.

 

Another spokesman, Ray Martyniuk, said the plane crashed in the sparsely populated area known as the Pine Barrens, near the Warren Grove weapons grade training range. A section of the Garden State Parkway, one of New Jersey's major motorways, was temporarily closed.

 

Martyniuk said the Atlantic City-based unit, but not this particular aircraft, had been involved in flying surveillance missions over the northeastern United States after the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Pilot Safe After Fighter Jet Crashes in Woods

Published: Friday, January 11, 2002

 

A New Jersey Air National Guard fighter jet crashed into a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway during training this morning, scattering debris across the highway but causing no injuries.

 

 

The pilot, whom the authorities would not identify, was safely blasted out of the single-seat F-16 by his ejection seat about 10:45 a.m. He then parachuted to safety into the pine trees of the Bass River State Forest, where he was picked up about 25 minutes later by a Coast Guard helicopter, officials said.

 

He was taken to a hospital near Atlantic City, where he was treated for bumps and bruises typically associated with ejecting, officials said.

 

Some debris from the crash fell on the parkway, about a quarter of a mile to the east, but no vehicles were damaged, officials said.

 

''The whole house shook,'' said Eileen Mauriello, who lives about a quarter of a mile from where the airplane crashed, and near the bombing range at Warren Grove where the jet was practicing bomb drops.

 

There is no indication yet what happened to the airplane, said Col. Michael G. Cosby, commander of the Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, which is based at Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona.

 

At an afternoon news conference, he said a review board would investigate the crash, which occurred near Milepost 55 of the parkway. He said the F-16 pilot, who is 40, had about 2,900 flying hours and also flew for an airline that Colonel Cosby said he could not identify.

 

Although the colonel said it was too early to say whether the pilot had tried to steer his aircraft away from populated areas before ejecting, one witness said it appeared that way.

 

''I think the guy should be commended,'' said Willie Miller, who was working at a nearby service station, watching the airplanes, when he saw the parachute blossom. ''He didn't take out any schools and he didn't take out any cars and he didn't take out any houses.''

 

The F-16's from the 177th Fighter Wing, which are designed to attack targets on the ground and in the air, helped patrol the no-fly zones in Iraq and have been routinely patrolling the eastern United States as part of a homeland security mission since Sept. 11. The jet that crashed was not on such a patrol, officials said.

 

In the last decade, there have been five incidents involving the unit's airplanes, with one life lost and four planes destroyed. In August 2000, an F-16 pilot was rescued after ditching his plane in the ocean off Brigantine. In September 1997, two F-16's training over the Atlantic Ocean collided 60 miles southeast of Atlantic City. One plunged into the ocean; its two occupants ejected and were rescued. The other airplane returned safely.

 

In February 1997, an F-16 passed within 1,000 feet of a commercial airliner 70 miles east of Atlantic City, setting off collision-avoidance alarms but causing no injuries. And in April 1991, Maj. Robert D. Ashenfelter, 36, died on a training mission when his F-16 crashed into the ocean 60 miles off Atlantic City.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Milepost 55 would be close this Garden State Parkway Exit.

 

Garden State Parkway Exits & Toll Barriers

 

New Gretna (North only) New Gretna Tolls (Milepost 53.5)

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Mile marker 55 pretty much nails it...my understanding is the crash site is west of the parkway as "some of the wreckage was east"...

 

Thanks much...I read through all the news articles on line...must have missed this one...

Thanks again

J

 

Now is a good time with the leaves off and foliage low...to explore...

 

I believe there is a C133 crash to the south of Dover...much closer to home...in a state forest also...

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Mile marker 55 pretty much nails it...my understanding is the crash site is west of the parkway as "some of the wreckage was east"...

 

Thanks much...I read through all the news articles on line...must have missed this one...

Thanks again

J

 

Now is a good time with the leaves off and foliage low...to explore...

 

I believe there is a C133 crash to the south of Dover...much closer to home...in a state forest also...

 

 

Let us know how the search goes J!

 

-Derek

 

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Let us know how the search goes J!

 

-Derek

 

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Good luck! The military realy cleans up modern crash sites. Work a spiral circle going out from point of impact for a 100 yard diameter search. You should find items that were not recovered.

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