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The 1988 Remscheid A-10 crash occurred on December 8, 1988, when an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet of the United States Air Force crashed onto a residential area in the city of Remscheid, West Germany. The aircraft crashed into the upper floor of an apartment complex. In addition to the pilot, five people were killed. Fifty others were injured, many of them seriously.

1988 Remscheid A-10 crash
1988 Remscheid A-10 crash site.jpg
1988 Remscheid A-10 crash site
DateDecember 8, 1988
SummaryCrash during low-altitude flight
SiteRemscheid, West Germany
51°11′11″N 7°09′38″E / 51.18639°N 7.16056°E / 51.18639; 7.16056Coordinates: 51°11′11″N 7°09′38″E / 51.18639°N 7.16056°E / 51.18639; 7.16056
Aircraft typeA-10 Thunderbolt II
OperatorUnited States Air Force
Flight originNörvenich Air Base
Fatalities6, including 5 on the ground
Injuries50 (all on the ground)

According to press reports[1] the plane was engaged in a low-altitude flight exercise. It belonged to a unit from Bentwaters Air Base but at the time of the accident was stationed at Nörvenich Air Base.[2]


When the number of cancer cases in the vicinity of the accident rose disproportionately in the years after, suspicion rose that the jet, contrary to US statements, may have been loaded with ammunition containing depleted uranium.[3][4]

In 2002, however, a test of soil samples from 250 meters around the crash site revealed no traces of depleted uranium.[5]


  1. ^ "West Germany / United States Plane Crash NBC News broadcast from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  2. ^ Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 12 Dec 1988". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ Hindin, Rita; Brugge, Doug; Panikkar, Bindu (26 August 2005). "Teratogenicity of depleted uranium aerosols: A review from an epidemiological perspective". 4 (1): 17. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-4-17. PMC 1242351. PMID 16124873. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ hier und heute 1988 in german,
  5. ^ "Umweltministerium NRW: Startseite". Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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