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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed During Landing At Kunsan Air Base

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed During Landing At Kunsan Air Base
Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department participate in Flightline emergency response training at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 27, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

A US Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F-16CM, of the 8th FW “Wolf Pack”, crashed when approaching the runway at Kunsan K-8 Air Base, located at Gunsan Airport (KUV/RKJK).

The pilot ejected safely with minor injuries. The unidentified pilot was transferred to a local medical facility after sustaining minor injuries.

The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. local time near the base runway, the 8th Fighter Wing said in a news release.

Col. Tad Clark, the 8th Fighter Wing commander, has currently “suspended all military and civilian flying operations to ensure the safety and security of people and assets,” officials said in the release.

The wing, known as the “Wolf Pack,” did not say when operations would resume. The mishap is under investigation.

The incident follows two recent F-16 mishaps, one that occurred near Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and another near Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in October.

One jet, assigned to the 49th Wing at Holloman, went down at around 7:16 p.m. just 80 miles southeast of the base on Oct. 29. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft and was treated at a local hospital, base officials said in a news release at the time.

Meanwhile, an F-16 belonging to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, crashed around 3 p.m. local time in Zemmer, Germany, on Oct. 8, officials said.

The pilot was able to eject and was rescued with minor injuries, the base said at the time.

Spangdahlem’s 52nd Fighter Wing temporarily paused flying operations following the crash and ended a flight exercise two days early.

A total of 338 F-16s have been destroyed in crashes, accidents or other ground incidents between 1975 and 2019, according to a recent analysis from Air Force Magazine.

Based on data from the Air Force Safety Center, sixteen of those have occurred since 2014, the magazine said.

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