US fighter plane F-16 crashed on Tuesday afternoon in Rhineland-Palatinate, a southwest German state bordered by France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The type F-16 aircraft took off from the Spangdahlem base in the Eifel and was on a routine training flight. This was announced by a United States military spokeswoman. The pilot was therefore able to save himself with the ejection seat and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The Trier police said that the crash site near Zemmer in the district of Trier-Saarburg had been cordoned off. According to the local mayor Edgar Schmitt of Zemmer, the US aircraft F-16 crashed into a forest. The accident is being investigated.
American base includes about 4,000 soldiers and F-16 squadron with at least 24 aircraft stationed in Spangdahlem
Residents were asked to avoid the crash site. Several county roads were closed to traffic and the vehicles were diverted from the area.
It is the second accident with military aircraft in Germany within a few months. During an aerial combat exercise two Euro fighters of the German Luftwaffe collided and crashed in June at the Muritz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. One pilot escaped with the ejection seat and survived the accident, the other pilot died in the incident. The exercise, which simulated the tracking of an enemy machines, involved a total of three fighter jets.
In Spangdahlem in the Eifel, the 52nd Jagdgeschwader, a German air fighter wing is stationed. It includes an F-16 squadron with at least 24 aircraft. The American base includes about 4,000 soldiers.