Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

F-16 jet crashes over western Germany

F-16 jet crashes over western Germany

A U.S. Air Force F-16CM/DM Fighting Falcon fighter jet, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, at Spangdahlem, crashed over a forest near Zemmer in Western Germany.

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. Police said it was not immediately clear how seriously he was injured in the crash.

The news comes just a week after two United States airmen were killed at the Spangdahlem base in a fiery vehicle crash.

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

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Germany is no stranger to military aircraft crashes, including in its own shortage-plagued Bundeswehr armed forces.

"The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered with minor injuries", the report said.

At least 24 F-16 fighter jets and around 4,000 U.S. troops are stationed at the Spangdahlem air base. One of the two pilots survived and the other one was killed. The pilot escaped by ejecting the aircraft.

The incident comes four months after the mid-air collision and crash of two German military jets in the north-east of the country in which one of the two pilots died.

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