A board of USAF officers is investigating the crash last Friday of a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter from Luke AFB, Ariz., the service says.
The plane crashed during an air-to-air combat training mission near the town of Sells, Ariz., in the military operations area east of the Barry M. Goldwater Range. The pilot, 1 st Lt. Doyle Pompa, safely ejected from the plane and was transported by helicopter to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., for medical evaluation and treatment.
Pompa is a student pilot assigned to the 309 th Fighter Squadron.
Remarks: Surprisingly enough, this crash was without fatalities.
It's only fourth F-16 that crashed this year. It total, F-16s killed only one American (march 19), two Turkish (april 5), and one Israeli (march 28) pilot this year. Safety record continues to decline with a straight downward line.