Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

US F-16 warplane crashes in Germany with pilot taken to hospital

U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes in Germany Jonathan Snyder
Deanna Wagner | 09 October, 2019, 12:01

Public broadcaster SWR reported that the crash had happened near the city of Trier, not far from Rammstein, a major USA air base in Germany.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Tuesday near Zemmer, Germany, while conducting a routine training exercise, military officials said.

Angela Watson, Base spokesperson, reportedly confirmed the incident, adding that it happened around 3pm on Tuesday, October 8.

The fighter jet came down in an uninhabited area, according to German broadcaster SWR.

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Local police said on Twitter that several roads around the crash site were closed and emergency services were on site. The pilot was able to eject to safety.

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. The cause of the September 30 accident remains under investigation. She had no immediate details about the cause of the crash.

Less than a week later, a helicopter pilot died when his aircraft crashed near an army training centre.

Spangdahlem is home to the 52d USAF Fighter Wing which maintains, deploys and employs 24 Lockheed Martin Block 50 F-16CM/DMs.