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28 April 2000
Peace Stabilisation Force
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Wreckage of Captain O'Grady's F-16 Found

Sarajevo - Today, based upon a Stabilization Force (SFOR) survey team's documentation of aircraft wreckage found at a site in the northwestern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and conveyed to United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), USAFE confirmed that the wreckage found is from the F-16 piloted by former U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady when he was shot down over BIH during OPERATION DENY FLIGHT on June 2, 1995. Some five days after the shoot down, O'Grady was rescued by a U.S. search and rescue team.

After members of a de-mining team recently reported to a Stabilization Force (SFOR) element the location of scattered wreckage of a military aircraft, SFOR dispatched a team with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) support from Multinational Division Southwest (MND-SW) to secure the site. A second team of specialists from Multinational Division North (MND-N) was then deployed to investigate and survey the site. The SFOR survey team confirmed that the wreckage was that of an F-16 and conveyed the survey team documentation to USAFE for positive identification of the individual aircraft.

The crash site is densely thicketed and in a mountainous area of known and suspected mine hazards.
The SFOR survey team conducted a thorough search of the area, discovering the main impact point and many pieces of the aircraft spread over a wide area. The survey team found several man-size pieces of the wing and airframe, but most of the wreckage consisted of small metal fragments.

Photographs from the crash site are available on the SFOR website at www.nato.int/sfor.

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