September 9, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An American F-16C belonging to the 35th FS crashed during a routine training mission today in South Korea at about 10:05am local time. The pilot ejected safely.
The jet "went down over water" and the pilot "looks OK," said 1st Lt. Herb McConnell, a spokesman for the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan base, about 90 miles south of Seoul on the western coast.
The pilot, Capt. Kevin Dydyk, was rescued by South Korean airmen in an HH-47 helicopter. He was in the water for approximately one hour before the rescue with a water temperature of about 75 degrees. Dydyk was reported in good condition at the 8th Medical Group clinic, officials said.
The pilot was on a routine training flight with another aircraft at the time of the incident.
The plane was 'lost' in the ocean depths. The Air Force is working to recover floating debris from the crash scene.
In May, a US F-16 crashed in South Korea
, injuring a woman on the ground.