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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
17th January 2003
USMC
F/A-18D     San Clemente ejected safely   Martin-Baker NACES
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
NACES
14th January 2003 Chile AF Mirage V     Antofagasta, Chile Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
26th January 2003
USN
 F‑14D Tomcat 163901
AJ 102
VF‑213 Crashed on approach to the carrier in Caribbean 60 M E of PR, USA One crew member ejected safely   Martin-Baker NACES
Other crew member ejected

CAN ANYONE ADD DETAILS

  Martin-Baker
NACES
26th January 2003
                                                                           photo USAF

catastrophic failure of the number four bearing, resulting in engine failure shortly after take‑oft from Osan AB. Tried to glide back to base but failed in bad weather conditions crashed Hwasong City, Kyonggi province, South Korea

pilot ejected seconds before the aircraft impacted the ground.and sustained only minor injuries   Lockheed

USAF
U‑2S 80‑1095
BB
 5th RS/9th W
Osan AB

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
11th February 2003 Spanish AF EF-18A     Gando, Gran Canaria pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
11th February 2003
USN
EA‑6B
Prowler
161116 
NJ‑567
VAO‑129
USS John C Stennis
rolled over the side of carrier in Pacific off southern CA, USA ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
18th February 2003
USN
F/A‑18C
Hornet
163748 
NG 411
VFA‑147
USS Carl Vinson
Western Pacific pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
25th February 2003
1618 (local time)

Bangla Desh
Chengdu FT-7B 430   Left wheel collapsed on take off for anAdvanced Combat Manoeuvre (ACM.) Zia, International Airport, Dhaka,  BanglaDesh Squadron Leader Ahsanul Kabir ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant A A M M Shamsuzzahan ejected safely sustained minor injuries   Martin-Baker

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
7th March 2003 Brazil AF Mirage III     Brazil ejected safely   Martin-Baker
8th March 2003
USAF
T‑38A 68‑8141
HO
7th CTS/49th FW
Eglin AFB, FL, USA
stalled on approach at Valparaiso, nr Eglin AFB, FL, USA pilot ejected safely   Weber
17th March 2003
USAF
F‑15C
Eagle 
80‑0030
OT
422nd TES/53rd collided with F‑15C 83‑0040 nr Mormon Peak on Nellis Test and Training Range, 65 M NE of Nellis AFB, NV, USA, pilot ejected safely   ACES II
Friday 14th March 2003 Pakistani Air Force F-7     Routine operational training mission, crashed 20 miles west of city of Jhang (Punjab province) near the central Pakistan pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
25th March 2003 Finland Hawk     Salla ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
30th March 2003 Malaysian AF F-18     Malaysia ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
31st March 2003 Saudi Royal Air Force F-15C   King Faisal Air Base caught fire and was burned due to undercarriage problem on take-off pilot ejected safely   ACES II

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Wednesday, 1st April 2003
USN
 Pilot "Vinny," ejected safely "Gordo" ejected safely with only scrapes on his wrists Martin-Baker
NACES
F-14A Tomcat 158620
NF-104
VF-154
USS Kitty Hawk
CV 63
Engine failure, not hostile fire. Tomcat suffered a mechanical failure crashed in southern  Iraq Martin-Baker
NACES
1st April 2003 Brazilian AF MB-326     Sao Paulo ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
1st April 2003 SAAF Cheetah     South Africa ejected safely   Martin-Baker
1st April 2003
USN
S‑3B 160584 
NE 707
VS‑38
USS Constellation
went overboard into Persian Gulf when brakes failed following landing  ejected safely   Lockheed
 ejected safely   Lockheed
Wednesday, 1st April 2003
USN
 Pilot "Vinny," ejected safely "Gordo" ejected safely with only scrapes on his wrists Martin-Baker
F-14 Tomcat   USS Kitty Hawk Tomcat suffered a mechanical failure crashed in Iraq Martin-Baker
Thursday, 2nd April 2003
USMC
AV-8B Harrier 165391
EG‑55
HMM‑263
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 Cherry Point attempting to land aboard the USS Nassau in the Persian Gulf pilot ejected safely   Stencel
Thursday, 2nd April 2003
3:45 p.m. EST

USN
F/A-18 Hornet   VFA 195
based in Atsugi, Japan
deployed with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
Operation Iraqi Freedom -
hit by two U.S. Patriot Missiles in a "friendly fire" accident
in the area near Kerbala,  Iraq
Lt. Nathan Dennis White ejected but found dead on ground on Saturday Martin-Baker
Thursday
4th April 2003

Indian Air Force
MiG-23   Halwara airbase fire in mid-air - crashed over a residential area in Mullanpur Dakha village, 15 km from Ludhiana - ground casualties Flt. Lt. P. S. Gill ejected   KM-1
Monday
7th April 2003

Indian Air Force
MiG-21   Ambala crashed into a milk processing plant Monday in the northern state of Haryana - ground casualties pilot ejected and  admitted to the military hospital.    
Monday
7th April 2003

Italian AF
Tornado     Puglia, Italy ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Tuesday
8th April 2003

USAF
A‑10A Thunderbolt II "Warthog"
Facing 43
78‑0691  190th FS ID ANG hit by SAM (truck mounted Roland 2) nr Baghdad Airport, Iraq Maj. Jim Ewald, ejected and was rescued by Coalition ground forces near the airport. ACES II
Saturday
12th April 2003

Pakistani Air Force
Chinese-built Nanchang A-5     crashed at Misriyal area near Chakwal, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Islamabad Zaheer Ahmed ejected safely   Martin-Baker
17th April 2003 USMC F-18     San Clemente Island ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Tuesday
29th April 2003
11:49 am (0349 GMT)

Taiwan AF
AIDC A2   Chingchuankang air base Mechanical failure. crashed into a mountain 20 minutes after it took off Taichung Major Wang Tsu-hsiang ejected safely   Martin-Baker
captain Sung Yao-tun ejected safely suffered only minor injuries.   Martin-Baker
 

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
10th May 2003
French Air Force
Mirage F1 CT  247 - QP. Groupe de Chasse 01.030 Alsace based at Colmar engine failure during the RTB. Crashed  on the horsetrack Mont de Marsan AB Lieutenant Vianney Saillard "Saisai" ejected safely at 150 feet / 270 knots Martin-Baker
Saturday 11th May 2003
Just before 1 p.m
Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. of Mesa, Ariz A- 4 Skyhawk     crashed into the Great Salt Lake Philip Steven Kenny ejected from the aircraft but fell to his death when his parachute failed to open.   Escapac
26th May 2003
CAF
CF-18 Hornet   416 Tactical Fighter Squadron Malfunctioning control system caused an uncontrollable spin. Crashed while returning from a training mission on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range during Exercise Maple Flag 36. Capt. Kevin Naismith ejected at approx. 3000ft. at high speed but died of his injuries received during ejection. Martin-Baker
29th May 2003

USAF
 F‑16C 89‑2052  36th FS/51st FW

Engine failure after bird strike shortly after take‑off nr main gate of Osan AB, South Korea

pilot ejected safely   ACES II
 

 

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
1st June 2003 owned by Peter Hellier Hunter F-6 G-BVVC  Hunter Flying Club, Exeter During transit back from an air display at Port Rush Northern Ireland, total electrical failure followed by engine failure
Crashed north of Aberystwth
Craig Penrice ejected at 2000ft, 250 kts
Unfortunately breaking my back in the process, more metal inserted and a recovery to walking followed.  Have since given up on flying on bang seats!
Martin-Baker
2nd June 2003

HAF
F-16C block 30   111 PM
Nea Anhialos AFB
Suspected bird ingested into the engine. Crashed 3 n.miles from the base into a field near Volos captain Pliatsikas Theodoros ejected safely and airlifted to the HAF 251 hospital for  check-up by an air force rescue helicopter   ACES II
 4th June 2003
USAF
F‑15E 87‑0186 334th FS/4th FW

Stricklands Crossroads, 3 M SE of Four Oaks, Johnston County, 35 M SE of  Raleigh, 25 M W of Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, USA

ejected safely   ACES II
ejected safely   ACES II
4th June 2003 Colombia AF Kfir C7     Puerto Salgar pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
 10th June 2003
USAF
F‑16C  88‑0451 310th FS/56th FW

engine quit due to turbine blade failure and caught fire crashed 12 NM NW of Gila Bend, on Barry M Goldwater range, AZ. USA

pilot ejected safely

  ACES II
11th June 2003 RN Sea Harrier FRS 2     Aircraft became uncontrollable at 28,000ft and went into a spin. Off coast of North Devon pilot Lt. Cdr. Robert Schwab ejected safely at 10,000 ft. He was rescued from the sea uninjured 7000th Life Saved Martin-Baker Mk 10 H
 12th June 2003
USAF
F‑16C 88‑0424 421st FS/388th FW ran out of fuel; external tanks did not feed, 150 km NW of Baghdad, Iraq  pilot ejected safely and was rescued   ACES II
 13th June 2003

USAF
F‑16C 85‑1445 61st FS/56th FW

Birdstrike with a turkey vulture which was ingested by engine which then failed 5 M S of Gila Bend, on Barry M Goldwater range, AZ, USA

 
pilot ejected safely   ACES II
Thursday
19th June 2003
7:42

Russian AF
MiG-29UB   Armavir aviation garrison, the Krasnodar territory, southern Russia training flight - crew taken to the Armavir garrison's hospital. K-36
Russian instructor Alexander
 Tarasov ejected
[see also 30th August 1993]
Sergei Shapovalov K-36
30th June 2003
15:00 hours

RoKAF
F‑16 Viper     very hard landing at Choongwon The pilot ejected but the aircraft slid further on the runway   ACES II

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Wednesday
2nd July 2003
4.28 p.m. (1228 GMT)

Russian A. F.
MiG-25   air force regiment near Monchegorsk, on the
Kola Peninsula
training flight - engine failed during
takeoff. -  crashed
into a lake by Mount Nyud on the outskirts of the city
Major Alexander Ryabov, safely ejected   KM-1
Monday
7th July 2003

IAF
MiG 23BN     crashed into paddy fields near Mahianwala Kalan village near Ludhiana Flight Lieutenant Nikhil Gupta, ejected safely and was slightly injured   KM-1
16th July 2003
USMC
AV-8B Harrier 163201 VMAT‑203
Cherry Point
plane dropped into the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles off shore Virginia Capes Ops Area, 30 M SSE of MICAS Cherry Point, NC, USA 1st Lt. D. A. Shipley ejected safely   Stencel
27th July 2003
USN
EA‑6B
Prowler
158800
NH 503

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135

USS Nimitz
Catastrophic engine fire that lead to a
complete loss of hydraulics
.  Crashed  approx 10 minutes after launch into Arabian Sea
LCDR Scott Craig (Pilot) ejected safely   Martin-Baker
LT Warren "Peepers"  Chen ejected safely   Martin-Baker
LT Kyle Matthew ejected safely   Martin-Baker
LT Christina Portnoy ejected safely   Martin-Baker
31st July 2003
USN
S‑3B 160122
AJ 702
 VS‑24 NE of Lexington, GA, USA  ejected safely   Lockheed
 ejected safely   Lockheed

 

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
24th August 2003
Indian Navy
Lt Shiraz H Azad   Martin-Baker
Sea Harrier FRS 51 IN 615 300 Sqdn Cr in sea near the western state of Goa - tech failure during landing phase
 

7 August, 2003
 

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th September 2003   F18           Martin-Baker NACES
9th September 2003
USAF
F‑16C 89‑2084 35th FS/8th FW in sea 56.5 M SW of Kunsan AB, South Korea Capt. Kevin Dydyk ejected safely   ACES II
11th September 2003
USN
F/A‑18D 164198
AD 432
VFA‑106 Arrestor cable broke during landing and aircraft skidded into the water Atlantic off VA, USA pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker NACES
Sunday
14th September 2003

USAF

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Thunderbirds F-16C crashed during display, Mountain Home AFB, ID. USA

Captain Christopher Strickland

 

ACES II

Thunderbirds

F-16C

87‑0327
22nd September 2003
USAF
 F‑16C 84‑1303
EF
111th FS TX ANG

Engine caught fire due to turbine blade failure near Rosepine, between De Redder & Leesville, LA, USA

pilot ejected safely   ACES II

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
9th October 2003
12:10
today

HAF
TA-7C  Corsair II ser. No  156784 116 CW
Araxos
mechanical failure during training mission, crashed in an area two miles south of the Araxos Military airport ejected safely - taken to the 251 General Air Force Hospital   Escapac
ejected safely - taken to the 251 General Air Force Hospital   Escapac
14th October 2003
USAF
T‑38A 66‑8368
EN
80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, TX. USA crashed during take‑off ejected safely   Weber
ejected safely   Weber
15th October 2003
USMC
F/A‑18A 206163
VE 147
VMFA‑115 Struck water during ACM. Crashed in sea 40 M off Hilton Head Island, SC, USA Marine Capt. Matthew R. McInerney and Maj. Breton L. Saunders ejected safely

WHO WAS IN WHICH AIRCRAFT

  Martin-Baker
15th October 2003
USMC
F/A‑18A 163159
VE 204
VMFA‑115 Struck water during ACM. Crashed in sea 40 M off Hilton Head Island, SC, USA   Martin-Baker

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Thursday 13th November 2003
South Korean Air Force
KAI KT-1 trainer   Sachon crashed on a river bank shortly after taking off from an air base instructor ejected safely   Martin-Baker Mk.16
trainee pilot was killed    
15th November 2003
6:04

PLAAF
???? No. 18   Oil leakage due to fatigue rupture in  tank Pilot Kang Shuxiang ejected at 1,000ft   JALI
18th November 2003
USAF
A‑10A 79‑0143
WA
57th  engine failed following compressor stall near Dog Bone Lake, 20 M NE of Indian Springs, on Nevada Test & Training Range, NV

At the time speed brakes were extended; aircraft lost speed and stalled

pilot ejected safely   ACES II
Thursday 27th November 2003
11.55 hrs

HAF
Mirage-2000BG 203 ??? engine malfunction during training flight, crashed into the Aegean Sea west of Chios island captain Kyriakos Dimitrakoulas, ejected safely and picked-up by HAF SAR helicopter and flown to HAF hospital   Martin-Baker
Flying officer Ioannis Hatzoudis, ejected safely and picked-up by HAF SAR helicopter and flown to HAF hospital   Martin-Baker
Wednesday 26th November 2003
11.00 hrs

HAF
A-7H Corsair II (ser.No159918 117 CW base at Andravida fuel loss, when flying over the sea between Zakynthos island and the Peloponese.  The engine stopped while attempting to return to Andravida. Aircraft stalled as the pilot was flying to avoid residential areas. He ejected just before the Corsair hit the ground and skidded for over 500 metres stopping about 800 metres from the runway wing commander Konstantinos Mitsopoulos [c/o of SOT (Scholio Oplon Taktikis)] ejected   Escapac

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
Thursday
4th December 2003
12:43 hours (local time)

IAF
MIG-29   Adampur air-base aircraft developed some problem  during routine flying crashed  near Adampur in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district, 25 kilometres south-east of the Adampur air-base P. J. Mohammed ejected   K-36
Thursday
3rd December 2003

USMC
AV‑8B  CF VMA‑211 control problems on final approach crashed between 21st & 22nd Street, Yuma, AZ pilot ejected safely   Stencel
Tuesday
8th December 2003

USMC
AV‑8B  CF VMA‑211 On post‑maintenance check flight. Chocolate Mountain range, CA, USA pilot ejected safely   Stencel
Wednesday
9th December 2003

11h30L
  F-16 AM   10th Wing based at Kleine Brogel mid-air-collision over Failon, near Marche-en-Famenne.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronny Vaerten, was killed in the accident

Olt. Wouter Rombouts successfully ejected and suffered only minor injuries   ACES II
17th December 2003
USAF
F/A‑18C XE VX‑9, NAWS China Lake, CA, USA Ran off runway during landing pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
2003-10-14
 
Pilots from MIG-31 aircraft survived

Both pilots of the MiG-31 aircraft that crashed in the Tver region have survived and are undergoing medical examination, the Russian emergencies ministry reported.

The incident took place Tuesday at 2.54 Moscow time in the Staritsky district near the Borovaya village. According to preliminary information, the aircraft's uncontrollable fall was caused by an engine ignition.

Reports say no victims or damage have been registered at the site of the accident.