Pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet ejected from his aircraft at approximately 3:30 p.m. today near the Kunsan Air Base runway in South Korea while performing a routine landing.
The pilot, who was the only person on board the aircraft, ejected safely with minor injuries and has been transported to a medical facility. The aircraft was assigned to the USAF 8th Fighter Wing based at Kunsan Air Base.
The 8th Fighter Wing commander has currently suspended all military and civilian flying operations “to ensure the safety and security of people and assets”.
A board of officers will investigate the incident, according to a statement from the 8th Fighter Wing. Additional details will be provided as they become available, added the statement.
This is 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.