Crash Sites around Area 51 and the Nellis Ranges


There are dozens of aircraft crash sites in the desert around Rachel and the Nellis Ranges. Most of the sites on public land have been cleaned up pretty good soon after the crash, like the Harrier crash in the southern Quinn Canyon Range in the late 1990's. However, there are a few sites where most of the wreckage is still intact, mostly in remote locations. In order to preserve the sites we do not publish the exact locations.

The table below lists all known crash sites around Rachel, NV and the Northern NTTR. With friendly permission by the official Rachel, Nevada Web Site. Thanks also to Chuck Clark from Rachel for providing much of the information below.

For more information, see: United States Air Force - Class A Aerospace Mishaps

Aircraft Accidents around Rachel, NV and the Northern NTTR
USAF MQ-9 Reaper UAV, assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB, participating in a combat training mission as part of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Mission Employment phase. No injuries.2.5 miles NE of Mt. IrishDecember 5, 2012
7:14PM
USAF F-15C, callsign "Eagle 01" on a training exercise, crashed on federal land near Ash Springs. Pilot ejected and was not injured3.75 miles ENE of Ash SpringsOctober 24, 2011
4:05PM
USAF F-16C (57th Wing, Nellis AFB), crashed during a dog-fight, pilot did not eject and was killed on impact20 miles west of CalienteJune 28, 2011
5:30PM
USAF F-15D (serial #85-0131, 65th Aggressor Squadron), one pilot was killed, one survived with injuries23 miles NW of RachelJuly 30, 2008
11:40AM
Beech B-1900C (N27RA), Commuter flight en route from Groom Lake to TTR, pilot suffered a fatal heart attack during approach, pilot and four JT3 contractors died7 miles southeast of TTRMarch 16, 2004
USAF F-15C (serial #86-0173), pilot ejected and survived with no injuries13 miles north of RachelAugust 3, 2000
10:45AM
Mid-air collision of two F-15; both crashed; all crew members ejected and survived with some injuries; F-15C (serial #82-0008) and F-15D (serial #79-0013)About 21 miles NW of Rachel, over the dry lake in Railroad Valley ("Bearpaw")June 16, 1999
5:20PM
British GR-7 Harrier; pilot ejected just before impact and survived with numerous broken bones8.6 miles NNW of RachelJanuary 29, 1999
Mid-air collision of two Norwegian F-16A (serial #80-3684/684 and 80-3686/686); #686 returned to Nellis, #684 crashed; pilot ejected safelyRachel PlaygroundJuly 10, 1986
Marine Corps HarrierNear the old Rachel Dump SiteSpring 1984
Lieutenant General Robert M. Bond was killed when he lost control during an evaluation flight with a Russian MiG-23Area 25 of the NTSApril 26, 1984
USAF F-4E (serial #73-1180), both crewmen diedEast side of Tempiute MountainMarch 23, 1982
USAF F-16A (serial #78-0006), pilot ejected safely2 miles NE of Rachel (?)October 1, 1979
Have Blue (1002), test pilot Lt. Col. Norman K. Dyson ejected safely35 miles NW of Groom LakeJuly 11, 1979
USAF F-4D (serial #66-0227), crashed on ingress during Red Flag, no survivorsNorth end of Groom Range
about 6 miles SSW of Rachel
March 7, 1979
2:19PM
Canadian Air Force CF-104 Starfighter (serial #104754), crashed on egress during Red Flag 79-4 after accidentally entering Area 51 Air Space, Captain B.B. Reid was killedBald Mountain, just below the peak
about 13 miles south of Rachel
February 21, 1979
1820Z
USAF F-4, both crewmen ejected safelyNear Ash Springs, NV; approx. 40 miles SE of RachelDec. 1, 1978,9.40am
USAF F-15B (serial #75-00085), crashed during Fighter Weapons Instructor Course; both crewmen were killedSouth of CalienteDecember 6, 1977
8:17AM
Canadian CF-104 Starfighter (serial #104775), crashed during Red Flag
Pilot Maj. J. Michel A. Coutu was killed
West face of Mt. Irish or
North end of Groom Range (?)
November 16, 1977
USAF F-4E (serial #68-0518), no survivorsNear the Seeps, 11.5 miles NE of RachelSept. 2, 1977
A-12 Spy Plane (#928), ran out of fuel, pilot Walter Ray ejected but was killed on impact when his ejection set failed to separate70 miles east of Groom LakeJan. 1967

Click on any of the photos for the full article and more pictures.


A-12 Spy Plane crash (#928) in January 1967


F-15C crash during the last Green Flag Exercises in August 2000


F-4E crash in 1982 on the east side of Tempiute Mountain


F-4D crash site from 1979 in the northern end of the Groom Range


F-4E crash site from 1977 near The Seeps


B-83 Thermonuclear Practice Bomb near Range 61


The remains of a tow target on the northern slope of Tikaboo Peak


Refueling probe in the Pahranagat Mountain Range


1937 Chevy near Groom Lake Road

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