Wednesday, March 21, 2012

USAF F-16 crashes in South Korea; pilot safe

The United States Air Force's 51st Fighter Wing has said that one of it's F-16s has crashed in South Korea, around noon local time. The jet reportedly crashed into a paddy field near Kunsan Airbase, 150 miles south of the South Korean capital Seoul. The sole pilot in the aircraft safely ejected before the crash, and no casualties on the ground, or property damage occurred.

The U.S. military is in the midst of Foal Eagle, its largest annual joint exercise with the South Korean military. It was not immediately clear whether the F-16 was participating in the exercise at the time of the crash.

The Osan-based 51st FW is one of two USAF fighter wings based permanently in South Korea under the command of the Pacific Air Forces. The 51st FW comprises of 2 squadrons, with the Flying Fiends of the 36th Fighter Squadron flying the F-16CG/DG Block 40 operating alongside the A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft of the 25th FS.

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