Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashes in South Korea

A U.S. Air Force 8th Fighter Wing pilot takes off an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 8, 2019.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

  

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base crashed in an agricultural area approximately 10 nautical miles from Osan Air Base at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.  

The pilot ejected safely and was transported to the Osan Air Base Urgent Care Center for evaluation and monitoring, according to a press release.

“The pilot is in stable condition and no other injuries have been reported.  First responders are currently at the scene,” the release said.

“An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing crashed in an agricultural area,” officials said in a release. “At the time of the accident, the pilot was participating in a routine daytime training sortie.”

 “While we don’t have any additional information yet, we are relieved the pilot safely ejected and there were no other injuries,” said Col. Henry R. Jeffress, III, 8th Fighter Wing commander. “The US Air Force will standup an independent Safety Investigation Board to review all data and evidence related to today’s incident and use that information to determine its cause and prescribe any corrective safety measures to ensure the safety of the F-16 fleet.”

The Pentagon moved more F-16s to the Pacific this year in an effort to replaced older F-15 Eagles.

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