<<<< 2005

The Year 2006

2007  >>>


















The Indian Air Force pronounced that 2005 was their safest year for flying for 36 years with a total of 10 crashes. This figure was an improvement on 2004 when there were 15 crashes.



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Monday 9th January 2006
UAE Air Force
 F-16E Falcon Block 60 3052


Hit ground while in practice flight for Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2006 Abu Dhabi.  Crashed between dunes  in full burner with a high sink rate

[ref. various Middle Eastern press releases & F-16.net, AFM]

                            Block 60 F-16E                      photo LMTAS

Lockheed Martin test Pilot Dan Levin ejected - but his chute didn't have time to fully deploy so  he sustained major injuries including broken bones and a punctured lung

Friday 13th January 2006
Trench Shoring Services Inc,
Fulton County, Ga
Cirrus SR22   Trench Shoring Services Inc,
Fulton County, Ga
Crashed near the Childersburg-Fayetteville Road, Talladega County, Birmingham Alabama an hour into a business flight to Orlando, Fl.
Kerwin Day
via John Gilmore BRS
Ballistic Parachute System
Pilot Kerwin Day and two passengers landed in the aircraft safely and were able to walk to up a hill to use the 911 services
Monday 16th January 2006
Su-24 Fencer   Vozhayevka Airport Technical problem. Crashed in Russia's far-eastern Amur Region Ejected - condition reported as fair K-36
Ejected - condition reported as fair K-36
Tuesday 17th January 2006
10:00 am local

F-15C Eagle


44th Fighter Squadron Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan Crashed into the sea  about 70 kilometers east of Ikeijima Island at around 10 a.m. Okinawa, Japan Captain Jeffrey W. Rock ejected safely ACES II
Tuesday 17th January 2006
11:00 a.m. local

MiG-21   Jamnagar Air Base, Gujarat Experienced an ''engine surge'' during pull-out from a dive crashed near the Sarmat firing range, ten km from near Jamnagar Squadron Leader J P S Bains ejected safely having pointed aircraft into a safe direction KM-1
Tuesday 24th January 2006

08:46 local

Philippine Air Force
OV-10C Bronco Lieutenant Colonel Restituto Padilla, spokesman for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), said the plane took off from the Major Danilo Atienza Airfield in Sangley Air Base, Cavite City and was  at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Danilo Atienza Airfield in Sangley Point, Cavite province. En route to Clark Air Base in Pampanga for a training flight when the mishap took place. Engine problem - Crashed -  in Barangay (village) Binakod, an island village, in Paombong town Captain James Acosta ejected NAA/R
Other pilot Captain Aniano Amatong Jr. killed in crash NAA/R
Wednesday 25th January 2006
Private Ownership
 L-39 Albatros  
Red Air, Quincy, Illinois
Crashed. Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
Major Stephen Freeman (Montana) USMC (rtd)  ejected at low level but was killed - did not separate from seat
Friday 27th January 2006
9:50 a.m. (0050 GMT)

South Korean
Block 32A
19th Fighter Wing
 Jungwon AB
Following take-off from  its base near city of Chungju, North Chungcheong Province, located some 150 kilometers southeast of Seoul
    an  F-16C similar to this was lost     photo ROKAF

The pilot, a 35-year-old major, ejected with minor injuries

Saturday 28th January 2006
at approximately 4:17 a.m. (PST).

F/A-18C Hornet 164642

VFA 25
CAW 14
USS Ronald Reagan
CVN 76
 Crashed into the sea  approximately 120 miles southeast of Brisbane, Australia, while trying to land on on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Pilot ejected


Monday 30th January 2006
14:45 local

A. F.
Block 40P
181 Filo ??Diyarbakir AB
Crashed over a deserted area in Diar Bakr district in East Turkey, some 10 kilometers from the air base, during a routine exercise Pilot ejected ACES II



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Monday 6th February 2006
17:17 h

F/A-18D Hornet
"Rough Raiders"

Lemoore Naval Air Station

Operating from Key West

Crashed in the Atlantic 5 miles south of Boca Chica Naval Air Station, Florida Keys Pilot ejected and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter - 7th Coast Guard District, Miami.   Martin-Baker
Tuesday 21st February 2006
1:40 p.m.

Pakistan Air Force
  Mianwali airbase Techbnical problems. crashed near Bhakar, some 200 kilometers southwest of Islamabad. eastern Punjab province pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Tuesday 21st February 2006
5:00 p.m.

F/A-18 Hornet Crusaders of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, Marine Aircraft Group 31.
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
crashed into coastal waters off of Key West Maj. Steven Feltenberger  from MCAS, Beaufort, ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Monday 27th February 2006


                                                        photo Dassault
base Aérienne BA -102

Can anyone confirm ??

mid air collision between two Mirage 2000-5's from Dijon near to St
Dizier. One landed, one crashed
Pilot ejected

name ???

(Martin-Baker)Mark 10 zero-zero ejection seat
Mirage 2000-5F 72 / 2EE
Monday 6th February 2006 US Department of State OV-10D N474AW   On a drug eradication mission. Crashed, lost power during climb and impacted with the ground 3 minutes and 3 miles out from the runway in Larandia Colombia pilot (name withheld here for security reasons)ejected and survived but badly injured.   LW-3B

21st february ??? PAF jet crashes near Bhakkar
(Updated at 1600 PST)
BHAKKAR: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet on training flight crashed near Bhakkar on Tuesday whereas pilot of the plane ejected safely. 

According to details, a PAF F-7 plane that takes off from Mianwali Airbase was crashed near Sher Garh area of tehsil Mankera, Bhakkar at 1:40 PST. Pilot of the plane ejected safely. Fire brigade instantly extinguished the fire erupted after crash. DCO Bhakkar and DPO Bhakkar reached the incident site. Investigations of the incident underway. 


State Dept. OV-10D crashes in Colombia, pilot hurt
By Mike Whaley
Just after takeoff for a drug-eradication mission on the morning of Feb. 6, State Dept. OV-10D  Larandia, Colombia, during VFR conditions. The pilot (name withheld here for security reasons) was seriously injured according to the NTSB report, while other sources have reported the injuries as minor scrapes and bruises. The Bronco was destroyed. Another aircraft that took off before the OV-10 reported that the pilot had power problems with the right engine, proceeded to dump most of the chemicals, and said he was unable to feather the propeller and that he couldn't maintain altitude. He elected to eject, and the airplane burned and shed parts during impact upon rough terrain. The right engine separated from the airframe and the main wreckage came to rest about 3,000 feet from the initial impact point. The preliminary NTSB report is at



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Friday 3rd March 2006
11:30 a.m.

EA-6B Prowler


Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

Crashed in an unpopulated area around Holdman in Umatilla County about 25 miles east of the Boardman bombing range - about 10 miles south of the Columbia River in north-eastern Oregon
                                                          photo USN
Lt. Cynthia Lisa ejected safely
Lt. Cdr. Chris Field ejected safely
Lt. Colin Tolbert-Smith ejected safely
Lt Dave Ganci ejected safely
Tuesday 14th March 2006
9:30 a.m

F-16C Block 40F  Fighting Falcon 89-2099

35th Fighter Squadron
8th Fighter Wing
Kunsan Air Base
Regular training sortie. Crashed into the coastal waters off Gunsan in North Jeolla Province. off Kunsan, South Korean Peninsula , about 260 kilometers south of Seoul Captain Donald Siegmund ejected safely, rescued by two  rescue helicopters from the Republic of Korea Air Force FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED
Wednesday 15th March 2006
Russian Air Force
Su-24M bomber
    Technical failure. Crashed during a training mission into a field in the southern Voronezh region, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Moscow ejected   K-36D
ejected   K-36D
Saturday 18th March 2006
Conflicting early reports-

Three plane formation practising formation flight

possibly the tail of one plane hit another during the practice.
Control loss at high speed and low altitude while avoiding college building. Crashed  into a toor dal field in Naubad on the outskirts of Bidar, in north Karnataka  about 700 km from Bangalore

Awaiting further confirmation of events.

                   via Jagan

Wing Commander Dheeraj Bhatia. unsuccessful attempt to eject at low level,- died in crash

Squadron Leader Shailendra Singh unsuccessful attempt to eject at low level, less than 100 feet - died in crash


Kiran Mk II ????
'Surya Kiran'

(Rays of the Sun)
aerobatics team
Tuesday 21st March 2006

Spanish A. F.
Mirage F-1M C14-55 Ala 14
Esc 141
Esc 142

Los Llanos Spanish Air Force base

Details needed

In formation with two other jets - crashed on farm land adjacent to the A-31 Alicante-Atalaya del Cañavete freeway (km 32) near the town of La Roda Pilot Pedro M.M.  ejected at very low altitude - taken to Albacete General Hospital with minor injuries (various fractures)   Hispano Martin Baker Mk6 0-0 seat(modernized
Hispano Martin-Baker Mk4
Early unofficial report states "bodies of the pilots were found near the crash site by rescue helicopters". Can anyone confirm if the crew of the IAF MiG-21 attempted ejection ??
Tuesday 21st March 2006
3.35 p.m. (local)



101 Sqn
Crashed in open field 16 km from Uttarlai village in Barmer district, Rajasthan  
Sqn. Ldr. P.K. Chikkara died in crash Flight Lieutenant Aniket V. Kolhe died in crash
Thursday 30th March 2006
Block 40
421st Fighter Squadron,
388th Fighter Wing's
Hill AFB
Crashed just after  approximately 30 miles west of Hill Air Force Base. On training mission over the northern Utah Test and Training Range

Links to external reports

Pilot 1st Lt. Jay Baer ejected safely, landing in an area of mixed mud and sand, and was reportedly in good condition, with some "bumps and bruises," ACES II
Friday 31st March 2006


French Air Force
Mirage 2000D EC 01.003 "Navarre" from Nancy BA126 Solenzara Bird collision after takeoff. Crashed into the sea near Corsica ejected and rescued   Martin- Baker
ejected and rescued
02 avril 2006
Mirage 2000Dof EC 01.003 "Navarre"
 684 code 3-IW
Martin- Baker


Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th April 2006
5:40 p.m.

F-16CJ Block 50
Fighting Falcon

55th Fighter Squadron



20th Fighter Wing
Shaw Air Force Base, SC

On training mission. Crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 miles off the coast of South Carolina

WIS10 NEWS Report link

Pilot Capt. Theodore "Ted" Schultz ejected and rescued. from the water around 7:35 p.m., about two hours after the crash. He was in stable condition and was being taken to a Charleston hospital for additional treatment   ACES II
Thursday 6th April 2006 14:00
J-7 fighter Chinese media has confusing reports about crashes involving J-7 aircraft in Hainan Province. One reports gives a J-7 crashing with both pilots ejecting but nine on the ground killed.  Another source gives the two pilots being killed in the crash. Is it possible that there were two separate incidents or a collision - CAN ANYONE HELP with details ejected ??
ejected ??
11th April 2006
09:50 local

Block 25
Fighting Falcon
62nd Fighter Squadron

Can anyone confirm ???


56th Fighter Wing

Luke AFB, Phoenix, Glendale, AR. USA

Crashed in a field just after takeoff on a training flight near Cotton Lane and Camelback Road in the West Valley, about two miles southwest of Luke Air Force Base Pilot Captain Jason Attaway safely ejected and was taken to Banner Estrella Medical Center   ACES II
12th April 2006
09:00 local

                                        file photo

Believed to have been a mechanical problem during training mission. Crashed central Vietnam province of Binh Dinh, Phuoc Hoa commune of Tuy Phuoc district

reported in the Tien Phong newspaper

Pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries having navigated aircraft away from populated areas FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED   KM-1
25th April 2006
Jordanian Air Force
Casa C101 CC 325
Technical Failure' While on Training Mission. A pilot candidate died on Tuesday when he jumped using a parachute from his plane which experienced a technical failure,  according to the Jordanian Armed Forces Spokesperson. The Pilot candidate  was on a training mission with his trainer in an air force plane when the plane experienced a technical failure a few seconds after its take off while his trainer survived after landing the plane safely.  

Source: Amman Petra-JNA (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Official news agency of the Jordanian Government; URL: http://www.petra.gov.jo/  ]
 Best Regards,
Michel Vandervoort
editor Stoffer & Blik
Dutch Aviation Society
Pilot candidate Mohammad Awaad al Sardieh ejected but was killed   Martin-Baker Mk10
20th April 2006

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
Mirage Masroor Airbase


pilot ejected safely
Technical fault,  during routine flight. crashed near Naval Colony in Gharbi Area of Baldia Town in the port city of Karachi, Islamabad, Pakistan pilot ejected safely Martin-Baker
Tuesday 25th April 2006
10:35 local

RF-4E Phantom II 69-7499 348 Mira
Larisa Air Base
5 nm from Larisa AB

[sources: mil-spotters-forum
        Greek media

Pilot ejected FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED Martin-Baker Mk.7
Rio ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.7


Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
11th May 2006
09:30 local


see also
12th April 2006
09:00 local

MiG-21U   940 Regiment Caught fire in midair Crashed Nhon Hau village, An Nhon
district in Binh Dinh province 700 km north of Ho Chi Minh City

source: Thanh Nien Daily - Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam


Pilot ejected KM-1
Student ejected KM-1
18th May 2006

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
Mirage Masroor Airbase ??? crashed near the port city of Karachi (80 km northwest of Karachi)  

pilot ejected safely

A French-made Mirage fighter plane of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near the port city of Karachi on Thursday, but the pilot ejected safely, a PAF spokesman said

Monday 22nd May 2006

Italian Air Force
F-16A 82-1023


37 Stormo
Trapani-Birgi AB (Sicily)


pilot Pier Francisco Grassi ejected
Monday 22nd May 2006

Italian Air Force
F-16A 82-1023
En route to Decimomannu AB in Sardina for "Spring Flag 2006" exercise. Collided over the Mediterranean sea during a training exercise. Both pilots ejected and recovered by SAR and taken to the Marine hospital of Cagliari. pilot Fabio De Luca ejected ACES II
Tuesday 23rd May 2006
09:48 GMT

Turkish Air Force
Block 50
192 filo
9th AJU  from Balikesir AB,
Full details not yet clarified. Greek Air Force aircraft intercepted planes of the Turkish Air Force. A Greek and Turkish aircraft collided 50 km away from the Rhodos Island. 8 n.m off Karpathos island, crashed into the sea 21 nm s.e. of the island
                 Turkish News
1st Lt. Halil Ibrahim Ozdemir ejected and rescued with some injuries

                                                      photo TuAF
A Turkish F-16C similar to the one lost
Tuesday 23rd May 2006
09:48 GMT

Block 52
No  514  343 Sq./115CW Souda Air Force base on the island of Crete  

Flt. Lt. 
Konstantinos "Costas" Iliakis was killed in the collision and probably did not eject

Confirmation of details requested

Early reports suggested that the pilot ejected.
Later reports indicate that the pilot did not survive and his body was recovered several hours after the crash - later reports suggest Greek pilot did not eject - details still not clear
Thursday 25th May 2006
9:45 L

Peruvian Air Force

SU-22UM ??? Grupo 6
crash near the northern Peruvian city of Chiclayo Mayor  Fap. Martín Cangahuala Allaín ejected
                                            photo la republica
Capitán Fap. David Castro Gómez ejected K-36
Monday 29th May 2006

French Air Force
Mirage 2000-5 N°69


EC02 002  "Côte d'Or"
3ème escadrille SPA 94
 "Mort qui fauche"
 insignia Sirpa air
Technical problem on approach to Dijon. Crashed into a SNCF warehouse near Saulon-la-Chapelle, Cote d'Or, France


Pilot ejected and was fortunate to  avoid high-tension electricity cables and also trains


Name ????

                                                          photo france3.fr
The pilot's ejection seat drogue parachute suspended on electrical cables by the railway.


[French license built Martin-Baker]

SEM MB Mk 10

photo france3.fr

                                                        photo Flavien Breitenmoser AIRLINERS.NET
Mirage 2000-5 No. 69 2-FE which crashed on Monday

                                                 photo SEM MB

An SEM MB produced Mk 10 ejection seat similar to this was used by the pilot to eject from his Mirage 2000-5



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Thursday 8th June 2006
12.10 p.m


                                                         photo MOD India
A MiG-29UB Trainer similar to this was lost - both crew ejected safely
During a routine sortie from Bhuj crashed on the uninhabited Pirotan island, 40 km off the coast of Jamnagaran
                      via jagan
photo requested K-36
MiG-29 UB Trainer ??? 28 Squadron

Bhuj Air Force Base, Gujarat


Wing Commander A. Nautiyal  - Ejected safely over the sea and rescued -  admitted to a local hospital for treatment Squadron Leader N. K. Mahal- Ejected safely over the sea and rescued -  admitted to a local hospital for treatment K-36

   Compiled from Reports in the Indian Media

Monday 12th June 2006 11:30 am (0330 GMT)
Jian--7E fighter     crashed in southern China near Chengmen, a town in Fujian province and burst into flames - one civilian on ground killed pilot ejected  
Friday 23rd June 2006


                                                         photo The Star - Online (Malaysia)

Hawk 108

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Gambang

Crew were forced to belly-land their Hawk 108 at their base Pilot Kapten Mahadhir Mohamad Saad(front seat) remained in aircraft and rescued - suffered minor burns and bruises and taken to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital  
Flight instructor Lt Kol Tan Hui Hock (rear seat) ejected on landing -  suffered minor burns and bruises and taken to Tengku Ampua Martin-Baker Mk 10
Monday 26th June 2006

                                                            photo usn

Rough Riders

Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
Flying a training mission in collision with an F/A-18 Hornet. Crashed at Fort Hunter Liggett. Other pilot killed Pilot ejected -returned to NAS Lemore

Name will not be released at pilot's request

Martin-Baker Mk.14 NACES
F/A-18 Hornet ???
Monday 26th June 2006
F/A-18 Hornet ??? Flying a training mission in collision with an F/A-18 Hornet. Crashed at Fort Hunter Liggett. First Lt. Brian R. Deforge (USMC) did not eject and was killed upon impact   Martin-Baker Mk.14 NACES
28th June 2006
Russian Navy
Sukhoi Su-24 ??? 899th Guards Shturmovik Aviation Regiment
(899 Gv ShAP)

(Buturlinovka, Voronezh Oblast)
Forward landing gear collapsed on take-off at Ostrov airbase in the Pskov region ejected   K-36
ejected   K-36


Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd July 2006
18:40h local

AV-8B Harrier

belonged to

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365[HMM-365] Marine Corps Air Station [MCAS] New River, N.C

BuNo ??????

USS Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima Expeditionary
Strike Group

Crashed flying a routine training exercise crashed as it was preparing to land on Iwo Jima in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of Crete

Marine pilot (24th MEU) ejected and recovered
Wednesday 5th July 2006
Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
A-5 fighter
No. 16
No. 26 Squadron
Technical malfunction crashed during a training flight near Peshawar capital of North West Frontier Province. No reports of casualties on the ground. The plane hit the fields near a canal in Rahman Kuroona, in rural Mathra village pilot Flight Lieutenant Iltifat ejected safely and received a few bruises   Martin-Baker PK10LV zero/zero seat
Thursday 13th July 2006



A GR9 similar to this was lost today
Crashed near Sturdy's Castle Pub in Tackley near Kidlington, a few miles RAF base Brize Norton while en route to RIAT Pilot Flight Lieutenant Chris Pearson ejected and was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital en-route to FFD. Martin-Baker
Harrier GR9

RAF Cottesmore
Wednesday 19th July 2006
F-16AM-Block 15W J-363
312 Sqn of Volkel
Engine failure. crashed near the island of  Vliehors  off the Dutch coast.- Cornfield
Range in the Netherlands
pilot ejected safely and rescued by helicopter.   ACES II
Wednesday 19th July 2006

                                                          photo lmas
F-16I similar to this was lost in take-off mishap

25th Wing
253 Squadron
"The Negev Sqn"
Ramon Air Base
southern Negev desert


Tyre blew out while taking off from an IDF base in the
Negev desert as part of operations against targets in Lebanon
pilot ejected safely   ACES II
F-16I Block 52 'Sufa'
[Storm / Thunderstorm]
489 ???
navigator ejected safely   ACES II
Wednesday 26th July 2006


 Yakovlev Yak-130

LINK  Yakolev

                                                               via Irkut
Undergoing test flights, flight control system developed problems -  crashed at Zhukovsky airfield in the Moscow region - Crashed in the Ryazan Region in central Russia Yak senior test pilot Oleg Kononenko ejected and sustained slight injuries   K-36
MORE DETAILS ?? military test pilot. colonel Sergey Scherbina ejected and sustained slight injuries   K-36
Thursday 27th July 2006
15:16 Moscow time

  all images via official "
Strizhi" website

echnical failure after multiple bird strike. On a routine flight from Kubinka in the Moscow Region to Tyumen, east of the Urals. Crashed on takeoff  from Bolshoye Savino Airport where the team had landed for refueling. in the Perm Territory in the Urals

No. 1

Strizhi "Swifts" aerobatic team

demonstration centre
ADC Navigator Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Kurilenko  ejected and hospitalized with a broken / dislocated leg

also seen as "Igor" and "Nikolay"

Pilot Nikolay Dyatel, leader of Strizhi (Swifts) Aerobatic Team, ejected K-36



August News


In August 2006, Martin-Baker completed a major milestone with the delivery of the first Flight Seat for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The US16E is the latest of Martin-Baker’s Mk.16 range of ejection seats and it is common to all F-35 aircraft variants. This new ejection seat is the result of more than 50 years of escape systems experience and technological research.

Under the current schedule, Martin-Baker will deliver 15 seats for the 15 aircraft that will undergo flight testing.

The first flight of the F-35 Lightning II is expected before the end of the year.


                photo Martin-Baker
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
11th August 2006

Su 22   937 Regiment
Thanh Son airport, Ninh Thuan.
crashed during a training session into Hon Kho Mountain in Hoa Son Commune in Ninh Son district Pilot ejected   K-36
19th August 2006

training aircraft     Taking part in military exercises. Caught fire and crashed after trying to make an emergency landing on a highway outside of Tehran pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
confirm ???
28th August 2006 privately owned Schleicher ASW27-18 glider N7729 MORE DETAILS APPRECIATED


Raytheon Hawker 800XP jet in collision with a glider in a mid-air collision at 16,000 feet over the Pine Nut Mountains southeast of Carson City. Jet crash landed - all crew and passengers OK Glider pilot Akihiro Hirao parachuted safely    
31st August 2006

F-7     Technical malfunctionabout 40 kilometers northeast of Karachi, Pakistan Squadron Leader Faisal Bashi
killed in crash
  no ejection
  I am indebted to Asif Bashir, Sqn. Ldr. Bashir's brother, for permission to include these details.



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Friday 1st September 2006
French AF
Mirage F1-CT N°254/ 30-QH  “Normandie-Niemen” Birdstrike in the desert area of Abéché
during a low flight
[source: MFS; Frederic Aubry]
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Sunday 10th September 2006
12:00 CEST
UNIPIPE Taking part in the Aero GP event. Two aerobatic planes collided and crashed into the sea near the entrance of Marsamxett Harbour in Valletta Sunday during a competition between acrobatic pilots in the sky above Malta WHICH
Extra 200 N22JW UNIPIPE
Eddie Goggins from Ireland, parachuted safely
  Gabor Varga of Sweden, a top-level acrobatic pilot, was rushed to hospital, but died soon afterward
Tuesday 5th September 2006

Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir TC-2   10th Fighter Squadron Katunayaka Air Force base Engine failure. On a special mission in the North. Third of four jets taking off left runway and slid on grass runway edge pilot  ejected landing on the ground by parachute without injuries Reported in Sri Lanka media -

 Sri Lankan Air Force authorities have dismissed this claim

[further details appreciated]

Martin-Baker Mk.10
co-pilot ejected landing on the ground by parachute without injuries Martin-Baker Mk.10
11th September 2006

Block 50

191st Filo
Balikesir AB
 crashed in the mountainous area near Evciler village near Kazdaglari Mountaini n the Bayramiç district of Canakkale
 in Canakkale province
First Lieutenant Ozgur Alagoz ejected   ACES II
14th September 2006
12:17 Moscow time (8:17 a.m. GMT)

L-39 trainer ???? Air Force academy Routine training flight. Crashed near the town of Novokubansk in the Krasnodar Territory, about 1,000 miles south of Moscow pilot ejected but died later   VS-1
cadet ejected from the plane and was picked up by a rescue team 27 minutes after the crash, OK   VS-1
14th September 2006
1:00 p.m.

U.S. Air Force
"Sting 1"
22nd Fighter Squadron

52nd Fighter Wing
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
Problems with undercarriage Crashed on a training flight in eastern Germany near the  village of Oberkeil

                                                                                       photo usaf
An F-16C similar to this went down.
Lt. Trevor Merrell ejected safely   ACES II
20th September 2006
13:32 h

A-7E CorsairII  
116 Combat Wing, 335 squadron "Tiger"
mechanical fault - shortly after takeoff from Araxos airport in the Peloponnese

[sources;Official Greek Air Force Website; Greek Media: MFS; Cheryl, Costos]

Pilot ejected safely   Escapac
21st September 2006

Fighting Falcon
Volkel AFB possible birdstike
followed by a flame-out - crashed at Volkel

[Sources: MSF; Scramble; F-16.net]

ejected OK
photos by kind permission Greets Dennis MilSpotters.nl
LINK to MilSpotters.nl
ejected OK ACES II
Friday 22nd September 2006 circa 4:00PM SASOL
privately-owned  jet trainer
Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin    
Tiger formation aerobatic team.
 crashed into the sea near Milnerton Pilot Martin van Straaten killed - initial reports of chute in water - no confirmation of ejection sequence begun    

Taking part in Africa Aerospace & Defence - AAD 2006 show took off from Air Force Base Ysterplaat,  practising formation flying, - hit the water while flying low  
South African News Media; various South African Aviation Forums

Thursday 28th September 2006
around 3.20 p.m.

MiG-29 KB3299


Ambala airbase

India News Media

Possible bird strike. Pilot reported an engine problem while preparing to land. Crashed in the fields  near Sadhopur village about 12 km from the air force base near Ambala city  in India's northern state of Haryana

Pilot V Naik being bailed out of MiG-29, which crashed in Ambala on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Pilot Squadron Leader V. Naik  ejected and taken to  a military hospital for first-aid

Thursday 28th September 2006
shortly after 22:00

Finnish Air Force
Hawk Mk51 jet fighter-trainer HW-335 Lentosotakoulu (Training Air Wing), Kauhava Crashed in woodland near airfield, Kruunupyy pilot ejected safely  landed nearby

more details will appear on the ejection biography page - where I'll also credit those who translated Finnish news articles and sent them to me -


                       photo Finnish Defence Forces



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Monday 16th October 2006

Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C-7 or C-2   10th Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base ??

SOURCES: Sri Lanka MOD; Asian News Reoprts;

"encountered a technical problem" Crashed shortly after take-off into the Negombo lagoon while probably on a retaliatory air strike against the Tamil Tigers thought responsible for suicide truck bombers who attacked Sri Lanka Navy buses pilot ejected to safety and was rescued by helicopters   Martin-Baker Mk.10
Wednesday 18th October 2006
4 p.m.

Mississippi State University
MSU glider ultralight research glider   Starkville's Bryan Field airport
plane malfunctioned and the wings fell off Test pilot David Lawrence "ejected" and used a parachute, landed in a field near a Starkville hospital. Taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital - later released   System not yet determined
Thursday 19th October 2006
10:15 am


22 Sqn "Swifts"
Hashimara airbase

SOURCE: Indian News Media

On a routine training sortie caught fire and crashed into an open field near Kadamtala village in North Bengal's Jalpaiguri district
Pilot Wing Commander K D Singh, managed to eject safely, he sustained some leg injuries in the accident, taken to the Hasimara Airbase Hospital   K-36
Tuesday 24th October 2006
about 11:15 am

Royal Air Force
Tornado  GR4 ZG711
No. 2 (AC) Sqn
RAF Marham in Norfolk

                       photo RAF via MOD
Pilot ejected safely ??? Martin-Baker Mk 10A zero/zero  ??
Navigator (an Australian according to the Australian media) ejected safely ??? Martin-Baker Mk 10A zero/zero ??
 During a training exercise crashed on the Holbeach coastal bombing range near the Wash in Lincolnshire
News Link with video courtesy EDP
both crew rescued by  Sea King helicopters, from RAF Wattisham and Leconfield, and initially taken to Kings Lynn hospital to be assessed for injuries.
Thursday 26th October 2006
F-16 block 25   62nd Fighter Squadron
Luke Air Force Base
Caught fire during takeoff

early reports stated ejection had taken place. Video footage running on 12 News and azcentral.com shows canopy still intact so probably no ejection

Fire extinguished by base fire crews

Pilot egressed safely   ACES II


Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Wednesday 1st November 2006
R. Saudi A.F.
F-15C 1313 13th squadron
King Abdel Aziz air base
crashed in an eastern region of the kingdom in a zone for military training of King Abdel Aziz air base

[SOURCES: KUNA; Saudi Arabian Media; Pakistan Defence Forum]
pilot Captain Abdullah Abu thnain ejected safely ACES II
6th November 2006. 1845 local time
Brazilian Air Force
EMB 326
( AT-26 Xavante)
FAB 4482 Squadron: 1º GDA
Anapolis Air Force Base
Runway 06 crashed possibly due bird ingestion (1 to 4 birds) During runway collision (crashed); A/C on ground level with 110 KIAS
1st Flt Lt Paulo Roberto CURSINO Santos ejected Martin Baker 04B
sustained major injuries (column vertebral, right femur, coccix and right heel broken),  was rescued by an Air Force team soon after the crash taken to the Emergency Hospital for treatment.
eturned to fighter flight ativities on June 26th 2007
November 7th 2006

250kt Escape Test Performed

The team at Martin Baker Aerospace conducted a 250kt escape systems test on Nov. 7. The transparency had symmetrical separation on both sides, the panels remained well intact during the initial separation (similar results to the 165kt test on Oct. 31) and both breakaway pieces and remaining panels flew away without issue. The seat performed well with good seat man separation, the auxiliary parachute and main parachute deployed as designed and there was no collateral damage.


Monday 20th November 2006
Pakistan Air Force
Mirage III EA ROSE 1 CCS sqn.
PAF Base Rafiqui, Shorkot
Crashed due to a technical problem near Dera Ismail Khan, a city in the North West Frontier Province. No damage or loss of life was reported on the ground
[Pakistan Air Force Spokesman]
Pilot Wing Commander Faisal Mumtaz Rao ejected safely [90th GD(P) Course] ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Tuesday 21st November 2006
7.45 pm (IST)

MiG-29   Jamnagar airbase routine night sortie, crashed soon after take off near Jamnagar airbase in the vicinity of Sarmat village pilot Flt Lt Krishna Kant, ejected some minor injuries  was rescued by an Air Force search party that had reached the site soon after the crash taken to the IAF hospital for treatment   K-36
Wednesday 22nd November 2006
13:00 local time

Romanian A. F.
  71st Air Base
Campia Turzii
Crashed in the vicinity of the Beliu town, Arad county, in Western Romania Media reports suggest that the pilot delayed ejection to avoid built up area. It is not clear whether the pilot actually left the aircraft DETAILS APPRECIATED KM-1M
21st November 2006
Hawk Mk209 TT-0207 Skadron Udara 12

Crashed landing at Pekanbaru Air Base/Sultan Sarif Kasim II Airport, Indonesia aircraft skidded off the runway after landing

Mayor Pnb Dadang ejected safely

  Martin-Baker Mk.10
Monday 27th November 2006
1:35 p.m.

90 0776
524th Fighter Squadron
27th Fighter Wing from Cannon AFB
, deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing,  operating from Balad Air Base in Iraq
Supporting Coalition Forces "strafing", when it went down. Crashed approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad in al-Garma neighbourhood near the western Iraqi city of Falluja

SOURCE: Various Web       Media
CNN video link

 Major Troy L. Gilbert Killed in Action  
Pilot Major Troy Gilbert. assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB Killed in Action. Some early reports are stated he ejected moments before the plane hit the ground.  A local journalist claimed to have filmed the body of the pilot  "wearing a parachute" harness.
Footage showing a deployed parachute parachute and intact canopy were claimed to be from the F-16.

An early US Official Statement - "Duty Whereabouts - Status Unknown was later CHANGED to KIA"

It is now speculated that Major Gilbert did not eject. No automatic emergency beacon was activated - which would have been expected if an ejection had taken place


Thursday 30th November 2006

F/A-18D Hornet 163471
MCAS Miramar

news link

Crashed east of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar,
on the north side of the base, south of Pomerado Road, San Diego causing small brush fire.
Pilot, Captain Jonathan Ashmore, ejected landing in a canyon in an unpopulated area, of the base, near a Scripps Ranch neighborhood. Recovered and treated by medics Martin-Baker
2nd seat unoccuppied    



Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th December 2006
8:30 a.m. local time

F-16D Fighting Falcon
62nd Fighter Squadron

Air Force Base Arizona USA
 Training mission. Crashed in an unpopulated area east of Highway 85 in the Barry M. Goldwater Range Instructor Pilot ejected and safe   ACES II
Student Pilot ejected and safe   ACES II
Wednesday 6th December 2006
Mirage F-1CT     Flight of three Mirage F-1 jets  accompanying a Boeing C135 transport. It crashed in the northeast of Algeria in an unpopulated area south of the city of Constantine on route from Chad to France.


pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Wednesday 20th December 2006
Pakistan Air Force
Mirage   military airport Karachi Technical fault. Crashed on the western outskirts of the port city of Karachi, Manghopir area, 15 kilometres from Karachi, during a routine training flight, no one was injured on the ground
pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker

Mishap Date: 11/30/2006 Severity: A FM Time: 12:18 Evt Ser: 69449
Reference: VMFAT-101 141425FEB07
Acft: F018C Count: Y Destroyed: Y Major Command: MARFORPAC
Custodian: VMFAT-101 Fatalities: 0 Buno: 163471
Env: Aviation Operational

FEEDBACK   29th May 2006 - Thanks to Frederic  for his amendments and additions to the French Mirage Crash information from French national media sources



27/02/06 13h15 collision near Toul Mirage 2000-5F N° 72 / 2-EE crashed et N° 53 / 2-FA damaged no name for the moment
Stéphane Pichard http://frenchaces.free.frin email 9th March 2006

July 1st 2004 - Alphajet corrections : pilot and hydraulic mecanician (not navigator !) both serious wounds due to ejection
Today 10h00 Mirage 2000D of EC 01.003 "Navarre" from Nancy crashed into the sea near Corsica Bird collision after takeoff from BA126 Solenzara 2 pilots ejected safely and rescued
Stéphane Pichard

in email 31st March 2006



David Eyre, Perth, Western Australia - for extra details on the F-18 loss of 28th January 2006
in email 31st January 2007