Germany: US military plane crashes near Trier

American F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Near U.S. Air Force Base in Germany

American F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Near U.S. Air Force Base in Germany

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base crashed in Germany on Tuesday during a routine training flight, according to the Air Force.

The fighter jet came down in an uninhabited area, according to German broadcaster SWR.

The pilot was able to eject out of the aircraft in time and was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries. The accident was recognised as having been caused by vehicle defects.

The last American military crash in Germany dates back to 2015, when one of the Spangdahlem base's F-16 fighters went down in northern Bavaria.

Trier police said the crash site and surrounding area had been sealed off.

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Mayor of Zemmer said the fighter jet had gone over a piece of forest to the ground.

There was no information available on any damage caused by the accident.

The fighter jet was from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Police said it was not immediately clear how seriously he was injured in the crash.

Less than a week later, a helicopter pilot died when his aircraft crashed near an army training centre.

A reported 4000 USA military personnel, 1000 civilians and approximately the same number of family members are working at the base as well as an additional 800 German nationals.

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