F-104 losses of the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI)

   
Date Serial Type Code Unit Note
08.01.1964 6509 F-104G 4-9 4St 9Gr cause unknown, maybe engine failure (compressor stall), pilot was killed.
23.07.1964 6596 F-104G 5-21 5St 102Gr loss of control during type transitition (human error), pilot was killed.
27.07.1964 5067 F-104F BB+380 WaSLw 10 loss of aircraft control after loosing a flap at high speed near Leer, Germany; both pilots ejected safely; first Italian F-104 ejection, (BB+380, GAF aircraft)
11.09.1964 6555 F-104G 21-14 21Gr Auto caught fire after emergency landing with open engine nozzle, pilot was killed.
29.10.1964 6597 F-104G 5-22 5St 102Gr loss of control after APC malfunction at low level near Rimini AB, pilot was injured.
22.01.1965 6583 F-104G 5-07 5St 102Gr loss of thrust control (IGV closure?) during type transitition, near Todi; pilot injured.
08.06.1965 6564 F-104G 4-36 9St 10Gr engine flame out (fuel control) and crashed into the sea near Vasto; pilot was killed.
25.06.1965 6659 RF-104G no code FIAT engine flame-out after broken throttle linkage, FIAT test flight near Turin; pilot was injured.
18.08.1965 6594 F-104G 5-10 5St 102Gr loss of control in bad weather conditions at Senigallia near Ancona; pilot was injured.
11.01.1966 6574 F-104G 4-46 9St 10Gr hard landing in bad weather condition; pilot was injured.
25.01.1966 6548 F-104G 4-.. 4St 9Gr engine failure (IGV closure) near Accumoli, Rieti; pilot ejected safely.
19.04.1966 6584 F-104G 5-08 5St 102Gr ground contact after stall during display at Grosseto airport (CFIT); pilot was killed.
06.07.1966 6521 F-104G 6-05 6St 154Gr mid-air collision during rejoin with MM6650 near Castellucchio (MN); pilot was killed.
06.07.1966 6650 RF-104G 6-08 6St 154Gr mid-air collision during rejoin with MM6521 near Castellucchio (MN); pilot was injured
31.08.1966 6636 RF-104G 5-26 5St 102Gr ground contact (CFIT) during recovery in a gunnery event at Maniago range due to bad weather; pilot was killed
05.06.1967 6538 F-104G 9-11 9St 10Gr heavy damaged in open field after take-off abort and barrier arrestment failure at Cameri AB, pilot was safe
03.07.1967 6530 F-104G 5-24 5St 102Gr heavy damaged in open field after take-off abort and barrier arrestment failure at Rimini AB, pilot was safe
11.07.1967 6534 F-104G 6-19 6St 154Gr crashed into mountain Monte Vettore (CFIT), pilot was killed
03.11.1967 6537 F-104G 6-18 6St 154Gr heavy damaged in open field after take-off abort at Ghedi AB near Borgosatollo (Brescia), pilot was safe
07.02.1968 6554 F-104G 53-.. 53St 21Gr mid-air collision during night intercept mission with MM6562, pilot ejected safely
MM6592 emergency landing at Cameri AB
07.02.1968 6562 F-104G 53-12 53St 21Gr mid-air collision during night intercept mission with MM6554, pilot ejected but died
08.05.1968 6519 F-104G 6-11 6St 154Gr crashed into Adriatic sea near Tremiti islands, cause unknown (CFIT), pilot was killed
09.06.1968 6592 F-104G 53-13 53St 21Gr after mid-air collision with MM6554 and MM6562, repaired, but w/o that date
MM6592 emergency landing at Cameri AB 07.02.1968
01.07.1968 6566 F-104G 4-15 4St 9Gr mid-air collision near Grosseto AB, pilot ejected safely
18.07.1968 6570 F-104G 9-42 9St 10Gr ground contact for unknown reason (CFIT), pilot was killed
10.02.1969 54236 TF-104G 20-11 20 Gr Auto during the mission the port tiptank separated from the wing and severely damaged stabilizer and rudder on impact. The aircraft was uncontrollable and crashed; one pilot ejected, one pilot was killed
02.06.1969 6543 F-104G 5-09 5St 102Gr mid-air collision with MM6581, air parade for Festa della Repubblica, pilot killed
02.06.1969 6581 F-104G 5-21 5St 102Gr mid-air collision with MM6543, air parade for Festa della Repubblica, pilot injured
25.07.1969 6610 F-104G 6-10 6St 154Gr crashed at Ghedi AB after loss of thrust on take-off, pilot injured
29.07.1969 6512 F-104G 6-01 20 Gr Auto loss of thrust in flight, pilot ejected but injured (aircraft on temporary loan to 20 Gr)
11.08.1969 6506 F-104G 5-04 5St 102Gr crashed into the ground during low level navigation (CFIT), pilot was killed
29.09.1969 6549 F-104G 6-18 6St 154Gr engine failure, most probable oil system failure, pilot ejected safely
16.02.1970 6557 F-104G 9-31 9St 10Gr lightning strike during GCA into Grazzanise AB, pilot ejected but died
28.04.1970 6569 F-104G 9-20 9St 10Gr engine flame out, pilot ejected safely
04.06.1970 6587 F-104G 5-12 5St 102Gr caught on fire during engine test run at Rimini AB, specialist injured
14.09.1970 6725 F-104S 36-39 36St 156Gr loss of control after APC problems, pilot ejected. 1st ejection with F-104S
12.10.1970 6580 F-104G 53-15 FIAT engine loss of thrust (compressor stall) in flight, pilot ejected
21.10.1970 6539 F-104G 6-11 6St 154Gr mid air collision with wingman during formation position change near Ghedi, pilot safe
19.04.1971 6743 F-104S 36-43 36St 156Gr total hydraulic failure near Altamura, pilot ejected safely
15.07.1971 6715 F-104S 4-15 4St 9Gr loss of aircraft control (pitch-up) during landing at Grosseto AB, pilot was killed
08.09.1971 6536 F-104G 6-05 6St 154Gr mid air collision during formation rejoin, over Maniago range, with MM6560, pilot killed
08.09.1971 6560 F-104G 6-09 6St 154Gr mid air collision during formation rejoin, over Maniago range, with MM6536, pilot ejected safely 1st ejection with Martin Baker Mk.IQ-7A
01.10.1971 6766 F-104S no code Aeritalia engine flame out.
Aeritalia pilot at his 2nd ejection
20.10.1971 6712 F-104S 51-13 51St 22Gr water contact for unknown reason 5NM south of Caorle, east of Venice, pilot was killed
20.10.1971 6724 F-104S 51-21 51St 22Gr water contact for unknown reason 5NM south of Caorle, east of Venice, pilot was killed
22.05.1972 6658 RF-104G/
F-104S
RS-2 RSV loss of aircraft control due to uncontrolled movements doing acrobatics, pilot ejected safely; F-104S prototype
14.02.1973 6779 F-104S 50-06 50St 155Gr hit mountain ridge in bad weather conditions at Rivergaro, Piacenza, pilot was killed
14.02.1973 6790 F-104S 50-07 50St 155Gr hit mountain ridge in bad weather conditions at Rivergaro, Piacenza, pilot was killed
01.03.1973 6541 F-104G 6-20 6St 154Gr loss of aircraft control (APC malfunction?), pilot injured
21.03.1973 6515 F-104G 6-? 6St 154Gr loss of aircraft control during simulated ground attack with Alpen troops due to kicker activation at Alesso di Trasaghis, Udine, pilot was killed
13.04.1973 6755 F-104S 36-30 36St 156Gr loss of aircraft control during simulated ground attack near Altamura, Bari, pilot was killed
26.06.1973 6591 F-104G 6-09 6St 154Gr ground contact for unknown reason (CFIT), pilot was injured
18.09.1973 6738 F-104S 53-14 53St 21Gr water contact in the sea near Trapani Birgi (CFIT), pilot was killed
18.09.1973 6746 F-104S 36-46 36St 156Gr flame out after running out of fuel, pilot ejected safely
26.09.1973 6813 F-104S 5-31 5St 23Gr water contact in bad weather conditions for unknown reasons, most likely disorientation; pilot was killed. The aircraft was the first F-104S for 23 Gruppo and handed over to the squadron on March 9, 1973
12.12.1973 6638 RF-104G 3-23 3St 28Gr caught fire on ground at Grazzanise AB during double regulator check for tip tank pressurization, pilot was injured
25.04.1974 6753 F-104S 36-38 36St 156Gr caught fire on ground during arming crew maintenance work checking the "Auto Drop" system at Gioia de Colle AB
07.05.1974 6709 F-104S 53-16 53St 21Gr ground contact at Granozzo, Novara, during a Tac Eval (CFIT), pilot was killed
  13.05.1974 6707 F-104S 51-05 51St 22Gr engine flame out at Porcellengo di Treviso, pilot ejected safely
  20.05.1974 6777 F-104S 51-24 51St 22Gr on short final, during a night formation landing, maybe he got into leaders jet wash and then crashed inside Istrana AB, pilot was killed 
  06.06.1974 6801 F-104S 36-01 36St 12Gr loss of aircraft control after uncontrolled roll movements in landing at Gioia del Colle AB, pilot was killed
  19.09.1974 6799 F-104S 36-32 36St 156Gr crashed into the mountain near Matera after broken control linkage, pilot injured 
  20.09.1974 54252 TF-104G 20-16 20Gr Auto. lost south of Peretola Airport, Florence, both pilots were killed
  15.02.1975 6743 F-104S 36-32 36St 156Gr Hit the ground near Meta Ponto (Province of Potenza) after a stall, pilot was injured. 3rd ejection for this pilot, the1st with an F-84F the 2nd with MM6746
  15.03.1975 6829 F-104S 5-10 5St 102Gr Hit mountain during recovery in bad weather conditions. Pilot was killed.
  20.05.1975 54227 TF-104G 20-2 20Gr Auto Forward flap actuator failure. Both pilots ejected safely.
  13.06.1975 6834 F-104S 51-36 51St 155Gr Too late for escape maneuver in bad weather conditions, the aircraft hit the mountain at Pietra Bianca di Farindola, Pescara. Pilot was killed.
  16.07.1975 6832 F-104S 5-16 5St 102Gr Crashed, near Gorgona island, into the Tirrenian sea during exercise with Italian Navy. Pilot killed
  09.09.1975 6644 RF-104G 3-22 3St 28Gr Engine loss of thrust in flight, pilot ejected near Villafranca AB
  25.09.1975 6508 F-104G 6-19 6St 154Gr struck mountain in bad weather conditions 15 NM south of Bitburg near Wenzelberg (Germany). No proper flight technique by the formation leader in not easy meteorological and environmental conditions. Pilot was killed.
  25.09.1975 6516 F-104G 6-07 6St 154Gr struck mountain in bad weather conditions 15 NM south of Bitburg near Wenzelberg (Germany). No proper flight technique by the formation leader in not easy meteorological and environmental conditions. Pilot was killed.
  25.09.1975 6523 F-104G 6-18 6St 154Gr struck mountain in bad weather conditions 15 NM south of Bitburg near Wenzelberg (Germany). No proper flight technique by the formation leader in not easy meteorological and environmental conditions. Pilot was killed.
  25.09.1975 6575 F-104G 6-03 6St 154Gr struck mountain in bad weather conditions 15 NM south of Bitburg near Wenzelberg (Germany). No proper flight technique by the formation leader in not easy meteorological and environmental conditions, pilot was killed
  22.03.1976 6556 F-104G 6-15 6St 154Gr ground contact near Castiglione di Cervia, for unknown reasons, maybe slight illness, maybe spatial disorientation, pilot was killed
  08.04.1976 54234 TF-104G 20-8 20Gr Auto crashed into mountain at Colle Trinitŕ near Perugia, both pilots killed
  21.06.1976 6526 F-104G 3-34 3St 28Gr Crashed into ground at Lendinara, Rovigo. Pilot killed
  03.08.1976 6874 F-104S 36-13 36St 12Gr Crashed into ground for unknown causes near Matera. Pilot killed
  06.10.1976 6728 F-104S 4-5 4St 9Gr violent uncontrolled rolls, crashed into sea off coast Carbonifera, Livorno; pilot ejected
  14.12.1976 6503 F-104G 6-20 6St 154Gr flame out during gunnery event at Capo Frasca range. Pilot ejected
  23.05.1977 6573 F-104G 3-46 3St 132Gr autopilot failure with pusher activation at Alpo, Villafranca, pilot injured
29.08.1977 6585 F-104G 3-01 3St 18Gr stiff flight controls after pusher activation at Mirandola, Modena, pilot injured
25.09.1977 6751 F-104S  51-33 51St 155Gr caught fire in open field, in Vedelago countryside, after take-off abort due to failure to rotate, pilot ejected but badly injured
  29.11.1977 6877 F-104S 4-20 4St 9Gr Loss of aircraft control at Monte Solenne, Spoleto. Pilot was injured
  28.06.1978 6645 RF-104G 3-34 3St 28Gr flame out due a mechanical broken linkage at Casalmaggiore, Parma, pilot was injured
  30.06.1978 6871 F-104S 53-15 53St 21Gr Hit mountain for unknown causes. Colle della Ciabra, Cuneo. Pilot was killed
  03.08.1978 6907 F-104S 36-33 36St 156Gr water contact during exercise with Italian Navy, pilot was killed
  24.11.1978 6773 F-104S 36-11 36St 12Gr Loss of aircraft control during ACM at Stigliano, Materna. Pilot injured
  04.12.1978 6931 F-104S  51-12 51St Gr22 Heavy damaged while landing at alternate airfield Brindisi. Touch down short of runway in bad weather conditions. Pilot safe.
  18.01.1979 6803 F-104S 53-20 53St 21Gr Hit ground due to sudden pilot collapse near Castelletto di Branduzzo, Pavia.         Pilot killed 
  01.02.1979 6783 F-104S 9-36 9St 10Gr Loss of aircraft control during fuel transfer at Terracina, Roma. Pilot ejected 
  04.03.1979 6927 F-104S 5-34 5St 23Gr Crashed near Sigonella AB during landing pattern, possible loss of control due to low speed during turn. Pilot was killed
  14.06.1979 6571 F-104G 6-06 6St 154Gr heavy damaged in open field after take-off abort at Ghedi AB, pilot eject
  11.07.1979 6553 F-104G 3-16 3St 132Gr APC activation (kicker) during gunnery event at Capo Frasca range, pilot killed
  19.11.1979 54259 TF-104G 20-24 20 Gr Auto approaching Grosseto AB loss altitude and crashed in the Tirrenian sea, probably spatial disorientation in poor weather condition. Both pilots killed
  18.01.1980 6510 F-104G 6-15 6St 154Gr flame out during gunnery event at Capo Frasca range. Pilot ejected
  27.05.1980 6648 F-104G 3-25 3St 132Gr ground contact 14 min after take off due to quick weather deterioration at Bordella di San Benedetto, Ancona, pilot was killed
  11.07.1980 6723 F-104S 53-05 53St 21Gr Loss of aircraft control during ACM at Robilanate, Cuneo. Pilot was injured.
  15.09.1980 54231 TF-104G 20-7 20Gr Auto Caught fire during take off after too early gear retraction, aircraft damaged beyond repair, both pilots were safe.
  05.10.1981 6517 F-104G 6-14 6St 154Gr crashed during recovery maneuver at low altitude in a gunnery event at Maniago range. Pilot was killed.
  09.02.1982 6780 F-104S 36-35 36St 156Gr Ground contact under GCA control 6 KM before Gioia del Colle AB in bad weather conditions, causes unknown. Pilot killed
01.04.1982 6572 F-104G 6-24 6St 154Gr hit electric power pylon during a low level, high speed pass at Ghedi, crashed inside Ghedi AB, pilot made his 2nd ejection
10.05.1982 6718 F-104S 36-07 36St 12Gr heavy landing, aircraft presumably damaged beyond repair; pilot was safe
14.05.1982 6757 F-104S 5-11 5St 102Gr after a gunnery session at Maniago range, approaching Rimini AB, left the formation and crashed near Comacchio; pilot was killed
02.06.1982 6917 F-104S 36-37 36St 156Gr broken forward flap linkage during gunnery mission at Punta della Contessa, Brindisi; pilot was killed
02.07.1982 6582 F-104G 3-35 3St 28Gr engine flame out approaching Villafranca AB at Bionde di Salizzole, pilot ejected but died
03.08.1982 6765 F-104S 53-21? 53St 21Gr Crashed into the ground at high sink rate due to bad weather conditions. Pilot was killed.
  17.02.1983 6911 F-104S 51-45 51St 155Gr Crashed into the ground after hitting power line cables at Caerano San Marco, Treviso. 5.000 Martin Baker ejection
  15.09.1983 6837 F-104S 51-32 51St 155Gr Afterburner blow-out on take-off from Istrana, aircraft crashed into the approach lights. Pilot was safe.
  22.12.1983 6711 F-104S 53-11 53St 21Gr Left gear damaged by frozen snowdrift during take-off from Cameri AB, the hydraulic leak light illuminated on the aircraft. Pilot ejected but was injured
27.01.1984 6752 F-104S 51-44 51St 155Gr impact with Monte Molinatico, Parma mountain ridge, in bad weather conditions, pilot was killed (CFIT).
  29.02.1984 6531 F-104G 3-37 3St 28Gr ground contact maybe due to spatial disorientation in bad weather conditions at Mezzolara di Budrio, pilot was killed
  10.05.1984 6811 F-104S 9-50 9St 10Gr Impact with mountain during night flight. Monte Viola near Formia, pilot was killed
  15.06.1984 6745 F-104S 51-37 51St 155Gr Engine flame out during gunnery mission at Capo Frasca range. Pilot ejected safely
  30.10.1984 6793 F-104S 51-47 53St 21Gr Caught fire on ground during 5 finger check due to a double regulator malfunction in the internal tank. Pilot badly injured and died in the hospital few hours later.
  26.11.1985 6841 F-104S 5-14 5St 102Gr Crashed in the Adriatic Sea 2 NM from Torino di Sangro. Pilot was killed
  10.01.1986 6823 F-104S 53-02 53St 21Gr Touch down 900 m before runway end at Cameri AB during GCA in bad weather condition, pilot ejected
  28.01.1986 6646 RF-104G 3-50 3St 28Gr water impact in Marano lagoon during formation rejoin (CFIT) pilot was killed.
  18.03.1986 6924 F-104S 5-12 5St 102Gr loss of electrical system and engine flame out after cavitation of the boost pump during test flight, pilot ejected; several casualties on the ground
  16.06.1986 6928 F-104S 36-.. 36St 12Gr loss engine thrust due to compressor stall approaching Gioia del Colle AB. Pilot ejected but was injured
  04.08.1986 6586 F-104G 3-12 3St 132Gr altitude loss due to APC failure near Bernbach, Germany, pilot ejected
  21.08.1986 6706 F-104S 4-1 4St 9Gr ground contact after looping at Pietralunga, Perugia (CFIT); pilot was killed.
  21.05.1987 54228 TF-104G 4-25 4St 20Gr Damaged in belly landing at Grosseto AB after Main Landing Gear malfunction. Pilots both ejected safely
  29.05.1987 6710 F-104S 36-02 36St 12Gr Water impact at very high sink rate during ACM mission in Capo Frasca, Sardinia. Pilot and aircraft missing.
  31.05.1988 54229 TF-104G 4-28 4St 20Gr Ground impact after a barrel roll at Trapani AB. Both (pilot and photographer) killed.
27.07.1988 6608 RF-104G 3-15 3St 132Gr impact with the VOR antenna in the runway overrun on take-off from Villafranca AB, aircraft did not lift off, pilot was killed
  05.09.1988 6933 F-104ASA 5-33 5St 23Gr Engine failure just after take off from Rimini AB. Pilot ejected safely.
  19.10.1988 54557 TF-104G (4-43) 4St 20Gr very hard landing, collapsing the landing gear and damaged (non coded) at Bitburg AB, Germany (ex GAF aircraft)
  13.06.1989 6846 F-104ASA 37-16 37St 18Gr water contact after stalling in the landing pattern at Trapani AB, pilot was killed.
  10.10.1989 6702 F-104S 53-12 53St 21Gr Loss of thrust and crashed on approach lights. Pilot ejected but died. First F-104S delivered to AMI
  27.12.1989 6886 F-104ASA 5-02 5St 102Gr Mountain ridge impact in bad weather conditions. Pilot killed 
  27.12.1989 6919 F-104ASA 5-13 5St 102Gr Mountain ridge impact in bad weather conditions. Pilot was killed
  05.07.1990 6729 F-104S 4-2 4St 9Gr Ground impact after take off from Sigonella AB. Pilot was killed.
  08.09.1990 6748 F-104ASA 37-14 37St 18Gr Ground impact during navigation flight, possible vertigo or disorientation. Pilot killed
  23.04.1991 6736 F-104ASA 4-20 4St 9Gr flame out in storm during GCA approach at Grosseto AB, pilot ejected
  06.09.1991 54255 TF-104G 4-37 4St 20Gr Engine failure after compressor stall. Both pilots ejected safely.
  07.11.1991 6708 F-104ASA 5-43 5St 23Gr Mid air collision with MM6806 at Imola. Pilot ejected
  07.11.1991 6806 F-104ASA 5-31 5St 23Gr Mid air collision with MM6708 at Imola. Pilot ejected
  16.01.1992 6839 F-104ASA 4-6 4St 9Gr Water impact during exercise with 2 other F-104s, near Pianosa island. Pilot killed
  04.05.1993 6835 F-104ASA 36-12 36St 12Gr heavy damaged left wing during barrier engage at Gioia del Colle AB, written off later because the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Pilot ok.
  06.05.1993 6869 F-104ASA 4-3 4St 9Gr AB blow out due to broken linkage during take off from Grosseto AB.
Pilot ejected but was killed.
  19.01.1994 6727 F-104ASA 9-45 9St 10Gr mountain ridge impact at Monte Giano, near Rieti, pilot was killed (CFIT).
  15.02.1995 6878 F-104ASA 53-10 53St 21Gr Pitch up due to APC failure near Cuneo. Pilot ejected safely.
  20.06.1995 54256 TF-104G 4-38 4St 20Gr Single pilot killed
  13.02.1996 6843 F-104ASA 4-12 4St 9Gr Loss of aircraft control during landing at Grosseto AB, pilot ejected but aircraft flew for few kilometers and then crashed in Grosseto outskirts.
  12.11.1996 6815 F-104ASA 37-07 37St 18Gr Water impact when approaching Trapani AB, the aircraft stalled and turned upside down. Pilot was killed. 
  28.01.1997 6730 F-104ASA 9-33 9St 10Gr Water impact (CFIT) after an exercise with Italian Navy. Pilot ejected safely.
  15.04.1997 6818 F-104ASA 37-06 37St 18Gr Water impact (CFIT) near Pantelleria island during training with 2 other F-104 from Trapani, maybe he encountered a pitch-up. Pilot ejected but could not be found, pilot body was not recovered and is still missing.
  21.04.1997 54257 TF-104G 4-39 4St 20Gr Severely damaged during touch and go. Aircraft damaged beyond repair.
Both pilots safe
  04.11.1998 6944 F-104ASAM 37-24 37St 18Gr Lost 5 km from Trápani near the island of Maréttimo. Flying with three other F-104 from Trápani, the engine lost power due to engine flame out. Pilot had no other option than to eject. (First F-104S ASA-M accident)
  18.01.1999 6938 F-104ASAM 5-43 5St 23Gr main Landing Gear structure collapsed after take off from Trápani-Birgi AB. The aircraft came down 13 kilometers from the cost between Marsala and Favignana. After take-off from Trápani-Birgi, the main landing gear failed to retract and the pilot was forced to make a controlled ejection over the sea, pilot ejected safely. [ Pilot at his 2nd ejection]
  22.08.2000 54558 TF-104GM 4-46 4St 20Gr Main Landing Gear structure severely damaged after touch and go at Grosseto AB, no landing possible, controlled ejection over the sea, both pilots ejected safely.
  05.10.2000 6775 F-104ASAM 37-10 37St 18Gr crashed near Castelvetrano, some 20 kilometers east of Mazara del Vallo. The Starfighter was part of a four ship formation flying from Trápani, when the engine flamed out; pilot ejected safely, one person on the ground was killed by debris.
25.11.2001 54233 TF-104G RS-09 RSV heavy damaged after roof collapse during a storm at Pratica di Mare AB, withdrawn from use. Last flying not "M" modified TF-104G
  04.03.2002 6929 F-104ASAM 4-4 4St 9Gr pilot reported an on-board fire after take off from Grosseto AB and had to abandon his aircraft. Crashed into the hills between Buriano and Vetulónia, pilot ejected safely.
  02.05.2002 6778 F-104ASAM 9-40 9St 10Gr crashed on the runway of Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands because of bad visibility (low cloud and some light rain) and the fact that he flew its approach to high. The tail touched the runway first due to high sink rate, the aircraft bounced and broke up in 3 parts. Pilot luckily survived, though badly injured.
   
compiled by: Hubert Peitzmeier
references: various sources
updated: @ January 27, 2016