USAF F-16 Crashes In Germany
A U.S. Air Force F-16 from the 480th combat squadron has crashed in Germany's Bavaria region while on a training flight this morning. The pilot was able to eject before it crashed into a forested area around 9:30. Although there is a high risk of forest fires in the region the fire has been contained. The location of the crashed jet is difficult to access so the investigation of the accident and the salvage operations are expected to continue for several more days.
Read the official press release below,
F-16 Crash Update #1: Pilot safe, aircraft contained no live munitions by Staff Reports 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/11/2015 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, crashed Aug. 11, 2015, at approximately 9:38 a.m. near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany.
The pilot safely ejected and jettisoned fuel tanks over an unpopulated area. The pilot is being treated at a local hospital.
The aircraft was carrying six 25-pound training munitions. There were no live munitions on board.
The aircraft departed from Spangdahlem for a training flight near U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Bavaria, Germany.
U.S. military first responders are working with German authorities to secure the crash site. A 1,000-foot/350-meter cordon was established to protect the crash site and begin investigations.
The 52nd FW has cancelled flying operations for 24 hours for safety reasons.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.