Kunsan Air Base Runway Reopened Following Aircraft Incident

The Commander of the U.S. Air Force 8th Fighter Wing, the host wing of Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, reopened the installation runway at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 3 for all military and civilian flying operations.

The runway was closed “to ensure the safety and security of people and assets” following an aircraft incident on Dec. 2 when a pilot of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet ejected from his aircraft near the runway while performing a routine landing.

The pilot, who was the only person onboard the aircraft, ejected safely with minor injuries and was transported to a medical facility. The aircraft was assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing.

A safety board is continuing to investigate the incident, according to a statement from the 8th FW. Additional details will be provided as they become available, added the statement.

This was the third incident involving U.S. Air Force F-16 jet in the past two months.

On October 8, an F-16 crashed near Zemmer, Germany, during a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely and was recovered with minor injuries. The aircraft was assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing based at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

On Oct. 29, an F-16 assigned to the 49th Wing crashed approximately 80 miles southeast of Holloman Air Force Base during a training flight. The pilot successfully ejected from the aircraft during the incident.



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