US Air Force F-16 crashes in Germany

A US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed on Tuesday 11 August in southern Germany, according to reports in German media. The aircraft apparently suffered engine troubles, forcing the pilot to eject. He sustained minor injuries.

The crash happened at 09.38 hours local time near the town of Bayreuth in Bavaria. The aircraft came down in a wooded area. The aircraft was stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, home to the US Air Force’s 52nd Fighter Wing flying Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets.

The accident happened during a training flight over the US Army training facility in Grafenwöhr, according to the USAF. Following the crash, the 52nd Fighter Wing cancelled flying operations for 24 hours for safety reasons.

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Featured image (top): A Spangdahlem-based F-16, seen here landing at its homebase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)