Turkish Air Force F-4E Phantom Crash Lands at Erhaç Air Base, Pilots Safe

A Turkish Air Force F-4E Phantom combat aircraft crashed while landing at the Erhaç Air Base near Malatya in eastern Turkey on May 31.

According to local reports, the landing gear of the aircraft collapsed while landing at the air base forcing both pilots to eject. Both pilots suffered minor injuries and are reportedly safe.

The F-4E-2020 aircraft, involved in the accident, was assigned to the Air Force’s 111 Filo (Squadron) “Panthers”, based at Eskişehir Air Base.

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. F-4E is the U.S. Air Force version with an integral M61 Vulcan cannon in the elongated RF-4C nose, AN/APQ-120 radar with smaller cross-section to accommodate the cannon and J79-GE-17 engines with 17,900 lbf (79.379 kN) of afterburner thrust each.

F-4E 2020 “Terminator” is a batch of Turkish Air Force F-4Es, modernized by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on the pattern of their Kurnass 2000 upgrade. The includes structural changes and avionics upgrades including high performance Elta EL/M-2032 ISAR-capable high-resolution SAR/GMTI multi-mode fire control radar developed for the IAI Lavi.

F-4E 2020 first entered service on 27 January 2000 with deliveries to 111 and 171 Filo.

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