Thursday, 20th May 2004
A Singapore Republic Air Force (RSAF) F-16C fighter jet crashed during a routine night training mission south of Barry M. Goldwater Range Military training range in southern Arizona. The plane was piloted by 25-years old, Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han, had taken off from Luke Air Force Base with two other aircraft on a routine night training flight. About 45 minutes into the flight, communication with the missing aircraft was lost. Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han died in the crash.
Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han had joined the RSAF in June 1998, obtained his pilot wings in July 2001 and became an F-16 pilot in January 2003. An RSAF investigation revived that the fighter went down as "the pilot" could have experienced gravity-induced loss of consciousness or spatial disorientation". It added that these factors could have led to the pilot's inability to control the plane. The RSAF pilot dies while living out his schoolboy dream.