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Pilot Ejects Safely in F-16 Crash

June 20, 1998

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) _ An Air Force F-16 fighter crashed during takeoff Friday after the pilot ejected safely.

The pilot, Capt. Bryan K. Nordheim was the only person on board. He was taken to the Hill Air Force Base Hospital where he was in good condition Friday, said Bill Orndorff, spokesman for the Ogden Air Logistics Center.

He suffered from bruises and muscle strains, but was not expected to have to stay in the hospital overnight.

The plane skidded off the runway, bursting into flames and breaking apart.

The aircraft was assigned to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, but had been brought to the Ogden Air Logistics Center for routine maintenance, Orndorff said. Nordheim, of the 514th Test Flight Squadron, was flight testing the plane following the maintenance.

The F-16, which costs approximately $20 million, had no munitions on it when it crashed. The crash is being investigated.

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