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F-16 crashes near Spangdahlem, pilot OK

The training event exhibited the 52nd Fighter Wing's ability to generate large number of aircraft, and is an effective deterrent to threats by demonstrating a show of force.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi toward a runway during a Show of Forces event at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 1, 2019. The aircraft, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, participated in the training event to show the 52nd Fighter Wing's ability to generate a large number of aircraft during a survival or evacuation scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed at about 3 p.m. today near Zemmer, Germany,during a routine training sortie.

The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered with minor injuries. The aircraft was assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.   

First responders are responding to the incident at this time.

A board of officers will investigate the accident.  Additional details will be provided as they become available.