Friday, September 25, 2020

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

The pilot was able to eject out of the aircraft in time and was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries. According to a U.S. Air Force spokesperson, the plane crashed during a routine training flight.

Base spokeswoman Angela Watson confirmed the plane crashed around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the pilot was safe. She had no immediate details about the cause of the crash.

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The fighter jet came down in an uninhabited area, according to German broadcaster SWR. Police received emergency calls about the crash at around 3:15pm local time.

The crash site is a few miles south of Spangdahlem and north of the city of Trier, according to the Stripes.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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