U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes in South Korea
SEOUL, Dec 11 (Reuters) –
A U.S. F-16 fighter jet crashed in South Korea on Monday during a routine training flight. The incident occurred due to an unexpected “in-flight emergency,” according to the U.S. Air Force unit stationed in the country.
Pilot Rescued by South Korean Coast Guard
The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and was rescued by the South Korean coast guard in the Yellow Sea. After the successful rescue operation, the pilot was returned to the Kunsan Air Base, as reported by the 8th Fighter Wing.
An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the emergency. The U.S. Air Force unit is diligently working to gather all necessary information and identify the factors that led to the crash.
Commander Expresses Gratitude
Colonel Matthew Gaetke, the unit commander, expressed his gratitude for the pilot’s recovery and stated that the pilot is in good condition. The well-being of the pilot is of utmost importance to the entire team at the 8th Fighter Wing.
Air Base in Gunsan
The Kunsan Air Base, located in the city of Gunsan on the west coast of South Korea, is one of the main air bases utilized by the U.S. military in the country. It serves as a crucial hub for various operations and training exercises.
Reporting by Jack Kim
Editing by Ed Davies
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