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F-16 crashes near Spangdahlem AB, pilot OK

The training event exhibited the 52nd Fighter Wing's ability to generate large number of aircraft, and is an effective deterrent to threats by demonstrating a show of force.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi toward a runway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 1, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)


A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Oct. 8 at about 3 p.m. CEST, near Zemmer, Germany, during a routine training sortie.

The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered with minor injuries. The aircraft is assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

First responders are responding to the incident at this time.

A board of officers will investigate the crash. Additional details will be provided as they become available. The cause of the crash is under investigation.