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Second F-16 crashes in Arizona this week


Release Date: 6/15/2003

6/13/2003 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFPN) -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon based here crashed June 13 at about 9:30 a.m. on the Barry M. Goldwater Range about five miles south of Gila Bend.

Capt. Scott Arbogast, an instructor pilot assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron here, safely ejected from the aircraft.

The mishap marks the second Luke F-16 crash this week at the Goldwater Range. On June 10 at about 5:15 p.m., Capt. David O'Malley, an instructor pilot with the 310th Fighter Squadron, safely ejected from his aircraft before it crashed about 15 miles south of Gila Bend.

Both pilots were flying air-to-ground training missions at the time of their mishaps.

Arbogast was taken to the hospital at Luke for examination and was reported in good condition. He has more than 1,100 flying hours in the F-16.

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