List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 2000 -

List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 2000 -

This is a list of notable accidents and incidents involving military aircraft grouped by the year in which the accident or incident occurred. For more exhaustive lists, see the [ Aircraft Crash Record Office] or the [ Air Safety Network] .

:See also: List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, pre-1950:See also: List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 1950-1974:See also: List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 1975-1999


*8 April - An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor prototype, BuNo "165436", c/n 90014, 'MX-04', of HMX-1, rolls over and crashes during a rapid descent to land at Marana Northwest Regional Airport, Marana, Arizona, USA, killing all 19 US Marines on board. Cause of crash was pilot losing control due to high vertical rate of descent due to vortex ring state.
*19 April – A Rwandan Air Force Antonov An-8, "TL-ACM", c/n 9340706, chartered from Central African Airlines, crashes near Pepa, Democratic Republic of the Congo after engine failure caused by a suspected bird strike. All 24 on board were killed. A Rwanda army major, two captains, two lieutenants, and some soldiers were killed along with the 4 Russian crewmembers on take-off from Pepa. The soldiers were returning on home leave, while others were planning to attend the president's swearing-in ceremony. Other sources report a death toll of around 57 and suggest the Antonov might have been imported into Rwanda illegally. [ [ ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 8 TL-ACM Pepa ] ] [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, June 2000, Number 147, page 77.]
*25 August - RAF Hawk T.1, "XX266", of the Red Arrows demonstration team suffers birdstrike while returning to Exeter from a display at Dartmouth, Devon, ~17 miles (27 km.) SW of Exeter, punching large hole in starboard wing. Aircraft made safe landing at Exeter Airport. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, October 2000, Number 151, page 74.]
*25 October – A Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-18 crashes near Batumi, Georgia killing all 86 people on board.
*11 December - An MV-22B Osprey prototype, BuNo "165440", c.n. 90018, of VMMT-204, crashes near MCAS New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, after an engine fails and a glitch in the flight control software prevents the pilots from maintaining control of the aircraft; all 4 crew members are killed. Cause of crash was a burst hydraulic line.


*16 February - A Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4 Skyhawk from No. 2 Squadron RNZAF crashes near HMAS Albatross in New South Wales while practising manoeuvres for an upcoming air show, killing the aircraft's pilot []
*3 March – A United States National Guard C-23B+ Sherpa (Shorts 360), "93-1336", of Florida Army National Guard Det. 1 H/171st AVN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, crashes during heavy rainstorm around 1100 hrs. in Unadilla, Georgia in the United States. All 21 people on board were killed. Aircraft was en route from Hurlburt Field, Florida to NAS Oceana, Virginia with Virginia Beach-based RED HORSE detachment on board who had been training at Hurlburt. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, May 2001, Number 158, page 77.]
*1 April - Hainan Island incident- An American EP-3E Aries II surveillance plane, BuNo "156511", 'PR-32', of VQ-1, collides with a Chinese J-8IID Finback fighter jet, reported as "81192", and is forced to make an emergency landing at Lingshui air base on Hainan Island, China. The U.S. crew is detained for 10 days; the Chinese fighter pilot, Wang Wei, is missing and presumed dead. Chinese refuse to let Orion be flown out, so it is dismantled and transported on chartered An-124. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, May 2001, Number 158, page 4.] [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, June 2001, Number 159, page 79] [ Dawes, Alan, "Spies in the Sky!", AIR International, September 2001, Volume 61, Number 3, page 175.]
*4 April – A Sudan Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes during a sandstorm in Adar Yeil, Sudan. Of the 30 people on board, 14 were killed; among them, Sudan’s deputy defense minister as well as other high-ranking officers.
*16 May – A Turkish Air Force CASA CN-235M-100, c/n 006 or 086, crashes into a field in Malatya, Turkey killing all 34 on board. [ [ ASN Aircraft accident IPTN/CASA CN-235M-100 086 Malatya ] ]
*1 December – A Russian military Ilyushin Il-76 caught fire and crashed near Novaya Inya, Russia killing all 18 on board.


*21 February – A Russian Navy Antonov An-26, 07 Red, crashes one mile (1.5 km.) short of runway at Lakhta Airfield, near Archangelsk, northern Russia, during an emergency landing. Of the 20 people on board, 17 were killed. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, April 2002, Number 169, page 75.]
*9 March - A Portuguese Air Force F-16 crashes in Monte Real, Portugal, while practicing acrobatic maneuvers, killing the pilot.
*3 May - An Indian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 pilot ejects after takeoff, with the aircraft crashing into a Jalandhar bank building, killing eight on the ground (see 2002 Jalandhar India MiG-21 crash).
*2 June – An Angolan Armed Forces Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashes in poor weather killing 20 of the 25 on board. Among those on board were top military officials that were going to attend a disarmament ceremony by UNITA rebels.
*27 July – A Ukrainian Air Force Su-27UB Tragedy at Lviv airshow. During the airshow an Su-27 crashed on the ground killing 85 spectators, 5 of them children. 199 were injured. Pilots managed to eject, but the plane crashed on spectators watching the airshow from the ground. The plane lacked the altitude to escape the crash, and it hit the tribune and fell on the ground. As stated by Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the crash was caused because of engine failure. Pilots, unit commanders later jailed. Footage of this accident is widely available on the web.
*19 August – A Russian Air Force Mil Mi-26 "Halo" helicopter was shot down by Chechen rebels using a portable SAM, probably an Igla, in Khankala, Russia. Of the 152 on board, 118 were killed. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, November 2002, Number 176, page 75.]
*3 October - United States Navy F-14 A-135-GR Tomcat, BuNo "162594", 'AD 136/36', of VF-101, suffers dual compressor stalls, both engines shut down, during routine training flight, crashing in the Gulf of Mexico on mission out of NAS Key West, Florida. Pilot Lt. Dave "Hound" Bassett and instructor RIO Lt. Craig "Ike" Turner eject safely at 5,000 feet and were rescued with only minor injuries by a UH-3 Sea King helicopter. On 5 May 2006, one of this Tomcat's tailfins was discovered on isolated beach W of Cork, Ireland, having floated 4,900 miles (7,900 km.) across the Atlantic. This was the sixteenth and last Tomcat lost by VF-101 during 30 years of operation. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: FlyPast, Holmes, Tony, "A Tomcat's Tail", March 2007, Number 308, pages 72-75.]


*19 February – An Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Ilyushin Il-76 crashes into a mountain in poor weather near Shahdad, Iran. All of the 276 people on board were killed.
*20 February – A Pakistan Air Force Fokker F-27-200, "10254", of 12 Squadron, crashes near Kohat, Pakistan when it struck a ridge at the 3,000 foot level (915 meters) AMSL, obscured by clouds. All 17 people on board died, including Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir. PAF spokespersons said on 22 May that pilot error was to blame.Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, July 2003, Number 184, page 76.]
*27 February – A Canadian Forces Air Command CH-124B H-3 Sea King helicopter, "12401", of 12 Wing, crashes on the deck of the HMCS "Iroquois" in the Persian Gulf. No one was killed, but the ship's mission in the Gulf was postponed. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, October 2003, Number 187, pages 73-74.]
*22 March - During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, two Royal Navy Westland Sea King ASaC7 AEW helicopters, "XV650", 'CU-182', and "XV704", 'R-186', collided in mid-air five miles from their aircraft carrier HMS "Ark Royal" while one had been leaving on a mission as the other returned from the same operation. One American exchange pilot was on board, a former E-2C Hawkeye pilot formerly from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five was killed. []
*18 August – A Polish Su-22M-4K, of 8 ELT, flying at 3000 meter (10,000 ft) altitude, during antiaircraft artillery exercises, was shot down at 1600 hrs. within the confines of the Wicko Morskie range, near Ustka by 2K12 Kub missile. Another account ascribes the downing merely to a "technical malfunction". The pilot, Lt. Col. Andrzej Andrzejewski, safely ejected and alighted in Baltic Sea 21 km (11 nmi) from the coast, and - after one-and-half hour spent in water - picked up by Mi-14PS SAR helicopter from Siemirowice Air Base. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, October 2003, Number 187, page 72.] Andrzejewski will subsequently perish in 23 January 2008, CASA C-295 crash.
*15 November – Two United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters collide near Mosul, Iraq. Twenty-two soldiers were on both aircraft and 17 were killed.
*29 November – An Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Antonov An-26, 9T-TAD, blew out a tire during landing in Boende, Democratic Republic of the Congo and overran the runway and crashed into a market square. Of the 24 people on board, 20 were killed and 13 people on the ground died. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, February 2004, Number 191, page 74.]


*24 August — A Venezuelan Air Force Shorts 360 crashes near Maracay, Venezuela, killing all 25 on board.
*9 September — A low-flying British Army Lynx AH Mk.9 helicopter, "ZE382", of 661 Squadron, was caught in high-voltage electric wires during an Anglo-Czech joint military training exercise near the village Kuroslepy (near Brno). All six persons on board died. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, March 2005, Number 204, page 74.]
*11 September — A Hellenic Army CH-47SD Chinook, "EZ-916", of 4 TEAS, ditches into the Aegean Sea off Mount Athos, Greece around 1056 hrs. killing all 17 on board. Among those killed was Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, November 2004, Number 200, page 86.] [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, December 2004, Number 201, page 74.]
*26 November - USMC MV-22B, BuNo "165838", lost a substantial piece of a prop-rotor blade during test flight in Nova Scotia, Canada, but was able to make safe precautionary landing at CFB Shearwater despite severe airframe vibration. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, April 2005, Number 205, page 73.]
*2 December — The pilot of a Blue Angels F/A-18, BuNo "161956", ejects approximately one mile off Perdido Key, Florida, after reporting mechanical problems and loss of power. Lt. Ted Steelman suffered minor injuries and fully recovered.
*10 December - Two Canadian Forces CT-114 Tutors of 431 Snowbirds Air Demonstration Team, "114064" and "114173", flying as opposing solo '8' and '9' (unclear which was which), collided at the top of a loop during practice over Mossbank Airfield, an abandoned WW II aerodrome. Captain Miles Selby, pilot of '8' was killed instantly, but Captain Chuck Mallet was thrown clear of the wreckage of '9', released his lap belt and pulled his chute release, landing with minor injuries. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, April 2005, Number 205, page 72.]
*20 December - An F-22 Raptor crashed on takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, prompting the U.S. Air Force to ground most of its other F-22s. The pilot ejected safely from the Lockheed Martin-built jet, which smashed into the runway it was trying to leave at about 1545 hrs. local time.


*26 January – A United States Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter ferrying troops crashes during a sandstorm near Ar Rutba, Iraq killing all 31 on board.
*31 January – A Colombian government UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on an anti-narcotics mission crashes in heavy fog near Manguipayan, Colombia killing all 20 on board.
*2 April - Royal Australian Navy Westland Sea King Mk50a, "N16-100", '(9)02', helicopter "Shark 02" crashes on the Indonesian island of Nias while providing humanitarian support following the 2005 Sumatran earthquake, killing 9 Australian Defence Force personnel on board. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, October 2005, Number 210, page 75.]
*15 September - Russian Air Force Su-27 "Flanker" of the 6th Air Force, 177th Fighter Regiment, during a flight between St.Petersburg and Kaliningrad, for unknown reasons veered off its course while travelling over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, went into Lithuanian airspace and crashed in Jurbarkas region, Lithuania. No one was has harmed during the incident, including pilot Maj. Velery Troyanov, who ejected safely. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, November 2005, Number 212, page 4.]
*6 December – An Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force C-130E Hercules, "5-8519", c/n 4399, crashes into an apartment building in Tehran, Iran. Ninety-four people on board were killed as well as 14 in the building. [Olausson, Lars, "Lockheed Hercules Production List - 1954-2009" - 26th ed., Såtenäs, Sweden, April 2008. Self-published. No ISBN, page 75]


*19 January – A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 carrying peacekeepers from Kosovo crashes near Telkibánya, Hungary. Of the 43 people on board, only one survived.
*3 April - USAF C-5B Galaxy, "84-0059", of 436th AW/512th AW, crashes in field ~one mile short of runway during landing approach to Dover AFB, Delaware. All 17 on board survive, although three are seriously injured. Cause was found to be aircrew error as the pilots and flight engineers did not properly configure, maneuver and power the aircraft during approach and landing. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, August 2006, Number 221, page 74.]
*23 May – A Greek F-16C Fighting Falcon, "514", of 343 Mira, and Turkish F-16C Fighting Falcon, "93-0684", of 192 Filo, collide over the Aegean Sea as the Greek pilot attempted to intercept the Turkish, after an alleged airspace violation. The Greek pilot is presumed dead, but the Turkish pilot was rescued. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, August 2006, Number 221, page 75.]
*3 June – A People's Liberation Army Air Force converted KJ 200 (converted from Y-8 Transport), "Y-8F-600", AWACS crashes in Guangde County in the People's Republic of China. All 40 people on board died. [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, August 2006, Number 221, page 76.]
*13 July - a Royal Air Force BAE Harrier II GR9 crashed after the pilot ejected near Kidlington in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.
*2 September – A Royal Air Force Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod MR.2 NATO reconnaissance plane, "XV230", crashes near Kandahar, Afghanistan after a technical malfunction disables its flight controls. All 14 crew on board were killed.
*29 November – Two members of the Australian Army killed and seven injured when a S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopter, "A25-221", of 171 Aviation Regiment, hits the deck of the HMAS "Kanimbla" and crashes off Fiji.
*16 December – A Mexican Air Force Antonov An-32B, "3103", of 3 Grupo Aero/EATP 301, crashes into the sea off the coast of Mexico, near Acapulco. The four crew members on board were killed.


*24 January – Ecuadorian Defence Minister Guadalupe Larriva, her 17-year-old daughter and five army officers are killed when two Aérospatiale SA.342L Gazelle military helicopters, "EE-343" and "EE-360", of Grupo Aéreo 43, collided near Manta Air Base at 2019 hrs. during night training. [cite web |url=|title=Crash kills Ecuador defence chief|date=2007-01-25 | publisher=BBC News| accessdate = 2007-01-26] [Stamford, Lincs., U.K.: Air Forces Monthly, compiled by Dave Allport, March 2007, Number 228, pages 78.]
*2 February – A HAL Dhruv helicopter, part of the Saarang Helicopter Aerobatics team lost altitude and crashed while practicing for the Aero India-2007 at the Yelahanka Air Base near Bangalore, India. The pilot was severely injured, and the co-pilot was killed. The Saarang team continued their planned performance for the airshow.
*18 February – A United States Army MH-47E Chinook, "92-00472", of 2-160th SOAR, crashed in southeastern Afghanistan due to a sudden, unexplained loss of power and control killing eight and wounding 14.
*12 April – An unarmed Tornado ECR of the German Air Force crashed in a rock face coord|46.550328|N|7.923805|E|type:landmark_region:CH-BE|name=Crash site near Lauterbrunnen) near Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, killing the pilot. The weapons system officer ejected and was rescued severely injured from the rock face by a local helicopter rescue team. The crash occurred minutes after refueling in Emmen during an authorized navigation training in the Swiss Alps while returning to Germany from a long-distance flight to Corsica, France. [cite web |url=!/delta/base64xml/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS80SVVFLzZfN18xQjJJ?yw_contentURL=%2F01DB060000000001%2FW2727L2U978INFODE%2Fcontent.jsp|title=Jagdbomber der Luftwaffe in der Schweiz abgestürzt|date=2007-04-12 | publisher=German Air Force| accessdate = 2007-05-03 (in German)] [cite web |url=|title=Kampfjet abgestürzt!|date=2007-04-12 | publisher=Blick| accessdate = 2007-05-03 (in German, map source)] [cite web |url=|title=German Military Jet Crashes in Switzerland; One Dead|date=2007-04-12 | publisher=Bloomberg| accessdate = 2007-05-03]
*21 April – A United States Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet, BuNo "162437", crashes into a residential neighborhood while performing at an airshow in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the United States, killing the pilot. Military investigators blame pilot for his fatal crash. A report obtained by The Associated Press said that Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis got disoriented and crashed after not properly tensing his abdominal muscles to counter the gravitational forces of a high-speed turn. [ [ Blue Angels Crash Blamed on Pilot - Blue Angels Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis Pilot Error Kevin Davis ] ]
*27 April – A Russian military Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter crashes near Shatoy, Chechnya in Russia. The incident occurred during the Battle of Shatoy and killed the crew and 17 spetsnaz (Russian special forces) soldiers on board.
*6 May – A French Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter transporting Multinational Force and Observers crashes into a truck while making an emergency landing near El-Thamad, Egypt killing all nine people on board.
*11 May – A Republic of China Air Force Northrop F-5 crashes in Hukou, Taiwan, killing five people.
*24 May – A Peruvian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, "FAP-303", c/n 483, crashes in dense jungle after taking off from Pampa Hermosa, Peru. Of the 20 people on board, 13 were killed. [ [ ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 FAP-303 Pampa Hermosa ] ]
*13 June – A Mongolian military Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashes in Selenge Province, Mongolia while en route to a forest fire killing 15 of the 22 people on board.
*8 August – An RAF Puma HC.1, "ZA934", 'BZ', of 33 Squadron, crashes in a wooded area of Hudswell Grange, W of Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, UK. Two RAF crew, pilot and aircraft commander Flt. Lt. David Oxer Hanson Sale, and crewman Sgt. Phillip Anthony "Taff" Burfoot died in the crash, while Army Pvt. Sean Tait, Royal Regiment of Scotland, died two days later in hospital. Nine others injured but survive.
*30 August - Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, accidentally loaded with six W80-1 nuclear-armed AGM-129 advanced cruise missiles flies from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, where the unguarded aircraft sat on the tarmac for 10 hours undetected. Officers responsible for the security lapse at Minot were disciplined.
*7 November - An Romanian Air Force IAR-330 Puma SOCAT crashes in Argeş County, Romania, killing all three crew members on board.


*12 January – A Macedonian Mil Mi-17 transport helicopter crashes near Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, killing all 11 soldiers on board.
*23 January - A Polish military airplane EADS CASA C-295, '019', c/n S-043, crashed in forested area near Polish city Miroslawiec killing all 20 people aboard - 16 Polish Air Force officers (incl. one general and six colonels) and 4 crew. [ [ ASN Aircraft accident Casa C-295M 019 Miroslawiec AB ] ]
*28 January - A Portuguese Air Force F-16 crashes in Monte Real, Portugal while performing a test run after going through extensive maintenance. The pilot safely ejected.
*23 February - A B-2A Spirit, "89-0127", 'WM', "Spirit of Kansas", of the 393rd Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, crashed shortly after takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Both pilots ejected from the plane before it crashed, the aircraft was destroyed. Moisture in flight sensors caused steep pitch-up and stall to port.
*21 May - A Serbian Air Force single-seat Soko J-22 Orao ground attack aircraft flown by Major Tomas Janik crashed near the village of Baranda. The aircraft that crashed was wearing serial "25114" and was operational with the 241 Fighter-Bomber Aviation Squadron, of 98 Air Base Ladjevci. The flight went well until 1130 hours local time when pilot Major Janik experienced problems with his plane and was forced to eject. The aircraft went down in the vicinity of the village Baranda and was completely destroyed. [ [] ]
*13 June - Two United States Navy jets collided over the NAS Fallon, Nevada high desert training range, killing a pilot of the F/A-18C based at NAS Oceana, Virginia. Two crew aboard the F-5 Tiger ejected safely and were rescued.
*21 July - A U.S. Air Force B-52H-155-BW Stratofortress, "60-0053", c/n 464-418, crashed into the Pacific Ocean approximately 25 nautical miles (46 km) northwest of Apra Harbor, Guam, [ [ "B-52 Bomber Crashes Off Guam" (21.7.2008)] ] after taking off from Andersen Air Force Base. [ [ KUAM News: Search continues for those aboard crashed B-52] ] The aircraft was about to participate in a flyover for the Liberation Day parade in Hagåtña when it crashed at 9:45 AM ChST (2345 UTC), 15 minutes before the parade was scheduled to start. There were no survivors.
*30 July - A U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle, "85-0131", crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range ~50 miles E of Goldfield, Nevada, at ~1130 hrs. The F-15D, of the 65th Aggressor Squadron, 57th Aggressor Training Group, Nellis Air Force Base, was participating in a combat training mission as part of Exercise Red Flag 08-03. Air Force officials identified the pilot who died as Lt. Col. Thomas A. Bouley, commander of the 65th AS at Nellis. A United Kingdom Royal Air Force Tornado F.3 pilot was with him and was taken to Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis. The pilot arrived ~1330 hrs. Wednesday, the Air Force said. The pilot was in stable condition and under observation. The Royal Air Force pilot's name was withheld while the investigation into the crash continues. [] [ [ Air Force identifies pilot killed in plane crash - Las Vegas Sun ] ]
*12 August – Somalia small aircraft delivering khat crashes killing all 3 pilots on board.

ee also

*List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, pre-1950
*List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 1950-1974
*List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 1975-1999
*List of C-130 Hercules crashes

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