Air Force F-16 crashes in Germany, pilot suffers minor injuries

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2019

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base crashed in Germany on Tuesday during a routine training flight, according to the Air Force.

Spangdahlem Air Base is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation facility with the USAF as the primary tenant, located near the small German town of Spangdahlem in Rhineland-Palatinate, between the cities of Bitburg, Trier, and Wittlich.

Base spokeswoman Angela Watson confirmed the plane crashed around 3pm local time on Tuesday and the pilot, who was taken to hospital with minor injuries, was safe.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

The US Air Force reports that a board of officers will investigate the cause of the accident. The pilot ejected and survived.

Mayor of Zemmer said the fighter jet had gone over a piece of forest to the ground. Around 4,000 United States soldiers are also stationed at the base.

In June, during an aerial combat exercise, two Eurofighters collided and crashed in northeast Germany.

One pilot was rescued but the other had become tangled with a high-voltage power line and was left hanging from his parachute.

The 52nd Fighter Wing of the US Air Force is stationed at the Spangdahlem Air Base with at least 24 F-16 jets.

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