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Pilot ejects before F-16 crashes at Osan

February 26, 2010 (by Stars & Stripes) - An Air Force pilot escaped serious injury Thursday when he ejected before his F-16 fighter crashed while landing, authorities said.

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Base officials did not immediately identify the pilot, who was treated at the base hospital for minor cuts and released, said 1st Lt. Chris Hoyler, a spokesman for Osan's 51st Fighter Wing.

There were no other injuries or property damage reported in the crash, which occurred around 12:40h local time.

The fighter, an F-16C, had nearly touched down when the pilot ejected, Hoyler said.

The pilot, assigned to the wing's 36th Fighter Squadron, had just taken part in a routine training flight in which he and two other F-16s practised mock attacks on ground targets, Hoyler said.

The plane did not catch fire and remained structurally intact after the crash.

"As far as its future flyability … that won’t be decided until a thorough analysis is completed," Hoyler said.

Hoyler said reasons why the pilot ejected and whether the day's rains and cloudy skies were a factor are currently under investigation.

Pacific Air Forces headquarters in Hawaii will appoint a board to issue written findings on the crash.


Published on February 27th, 2010 in the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes.
Used with permission from Stars and Stripes, a DoD publication.
© 2010 Stars and Stripes.


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