F-16 Thunderbirds Pilot Died In A Tragic Crash Outside Of Las Vegas

April 5, 2018

Even the best pilots can make mistakes. Unfortunately, such mistakes can cost lives. And in some cases, accidents have nothing to do with pilots’ mistakes. We call those accidents tragedies simply because there will always be a risk of them happening.


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What happened?

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 4, 2018. The U.S. Thunderbirds pilot became a victim of an unfortunate tragedy. He died in his plane, F-16 Falcon Fighter, after a horrible crash outside of Las Vegas. It was a ‘routine aerial demonstration training’ not far from Creech Air Force Base. However, obviously, something went horribly wrong.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800"] By Doc Searls from Santa Barbara, USA (Uploaded by PDTillman) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]The investigation is still ongoing, and the identity of the victim is yet to be revealed. The fighter was assigned to a different base, Nellis Air Force Base. A Vietnam veteran, Phil Frank, showed his support by planting the US flag at the base. He commented on the tragedy:

Unfortunately, those things happen. It's a terrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to the families. It's a price that we pay for the freedom that these fellas are training to keep us in, the free country that we are.

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There have already been three crashes of the F-16 for the past two years. One happened in June 2017 at Dayton International Airport, where two people got injured but stayed alive. The other happened in July 2016, where a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed near Colorado Springs, and the pilot successfully ejected and suffered minor injuries.

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How to survive a plane crash?

Although plane traveling is one of the safest, accidents still happen, and you should know how to survive in those. Here are some tips:

1. Sit in the back of the plane. Statistics show that seats in the back have much lower fatality rate compared to those closer to the cabin.

2. “Five Row Rule,” discovered by Professor Ed Galea, recommends you to chose seats within a maximum of five rows to an emergency exit.

3. Clothing material is essential. A large portion of deaths is fire-related. Hence, wear cotton and wool clothes, as those types of fabrics don’t melt and ignite slower than synthetics, polyester, nylon, and acetate.

4. Always listen to flight attendants and follow the instructions on the safety card.

5. Get out of the plane as soon as possible. There’s a phenomenon, where people just sit and wait to be rescued after the crash or stunned because they are surprised to be still alive.

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We hope you will not be involved in such a horrible accident. However, it is vital to know these tips, as they can save somebody’s life. Take care and stay safe!

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