Air Force F-16 Crashes in Germany; Pilot Escapes with Minor Injuries

American F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Near U.S. Air Force Base in Germany

U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes in Germany

A pilot from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, successfully ejected from their F-16 when it crashed October 8 in a rural area near the base. According to a U.S. Air Force spokesperson, the plane crashed during a routine training flight.

The single-engine fighter, belonging to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, crashed around 3 p.m. local time in Zemmer, roughly six miles from the base, officials said. Police said it was not immediately clear how seriously he was injured in the crash.

The US Air Base Spangdahlem announced the crash in a statement. Emergency services were on the scene, according to the German police.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The statement said that the pilot ejected safely but sustained minor injuries.

However, the crash led to the leak of a large amount of kerosene.

In June this year, two of the air force's Eurofighter jets crashed after colliding in mid-air in northeastern Germany.

The last American military crash in Germany dates back to 2015, when one of the Spangdahlem base's F-16 fighters went down in northern Bavaria.

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