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US F-16 crashes in Germany, pilot ejects safely

October 8, 2019 (by Michael Abrams) - A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday afternoon near the German town of Zemmer-Rodt, Air Force and German officials said.

The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered with minor injuries, officials at Spangdahlem Air Base said in a statement. The aircraft, which was on a routine training flight, was assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, at Spangdahlem, the statement said.

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

Several people called the German police in Trier at about 3:15 p.m. to report that a plane had crashed, the police said in a statement.

The crash occurred in an uninhabited area, which has been cordoned off, and several roads in the area have been shut down, the statement said.

Spangdahlem is conducting a base readiness exercise this week, testing its ability to function in a wartime environment.

This report will be updated.

Published on October 8th, 2019 in the Stars and Stripes.
Used with permission from Stars and Stripes, a DoD publication.
© 2019 Stars and Stripes.

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