US F-16 fighter plane crashed in Germany

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — A US F-16 fighter jet crashed near the western German city of Trier on Tuesday while its commander survived, the German Air Force told AFP.

“The pilot was found and suffered minor injuries” as a result of his plane crash during a “routine training mission,” the nearby US military base Spangdahlem said in a statement.

The pilot threw himself before the fighter fell.

Local police said they had rushed to the crash site near the village of Zimmer after receiving several distress calls at around 15:15 local time (13:15 GMT).

Police said in a statement that authorities had cordoned off the crash site, blocked a number of roads and appealed to drivers to avoid going to the area.

Germany has previously seen the crash of military aircraft, especially fighter aircraft of the German Air Force, which suffers from a severe lack of equipment.

Two German Air Force Eurofighter planes crashed in June this year after colliding with each other in northeastern Germany.

A pilot was killed in the crash while the other survived after he threw himself out of the plane.

Less than a week later, a pilot died after his helicopter crashed near an army training camp.

The last crash of a US military aircraft in Germany dates back to 2015, when an F-16 fighter belonging to the Spangdahlem base crashed in northern Bavaria in southern Germany.

The pilot then escaped after throwing himself out of the plane.


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