A United States Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon, belonging to the 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack”, crashed in an agricultural area approximately 10 nautical miles from Osan Air Base (OSN/RKSO), Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, around 09:45 local time.
The pilot ejected safely and the aircraft was destroyed.
The jet, which was assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing, “crashed in an agricultural area near Osan Air Base at about 9:45 a.m.” local time, the US Air Force in South Korea said in a statement.
The pilot safely ejected and was transported to the nearest medical facility, the military said. No civilians were hurt in the incident, according to the military.
The local fire department was dispatched to extinguish the fire, South Korea’s Governor of Gyeonggi Province Kim Dong-yeon wrote on Twitter.
The pilot was participating in a routine training flight, the military said, adding that the investigation into the incident is underway.
Osan Air Base is the US Air Force’s closest base to North Korea, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from its border