U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes in Germany


A pilot from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, successfully ejected from their F-16 when it crashed October 8 in a rural area near the base.

The plane crashed into a forested area outside the southwestern city of Trier near the Luxembourg border, with the pilot ejecting to safety.

Base spokeswoman Angela Watson confirmed the plane crashed around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the pilot was safe.

World - A USA military fighter jet crashed on Tuesday near the south-western German city of Trier, leaving its pilot with minor injuries. "A board of officers will investigate the accident".

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.

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The pilot was able to eject and was rescued with minor injuries, the service said in a news release.

Trier police said the crash site and surrounding area had been sealed off.

Residents were told to steer clear of the crash site. The pilot was engaged in a routine training flight.

The fighter jet was from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Around 4,000 United States soldiers are also stationed at the base.