US Pilot Safely Ejects as F-16 Crashes in South Korean Waters

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Following the crash of a U.S. Air Force Osprey off the coast of Japan on November 29, which killed all eight people on board, there were more events in South Korea.

US Pilot Safely Ejects as F-16 Crashes in South Korean Waters

US Pilot Safely Ejects as F-16 Crashes in South Korean Waters: An Australian Air Force pilot safely jumped from an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into the water off the southwest coast of South Korea on Wednesday. This is the second crash of this type in less than two months.

US Pilot Safely Ejects as F-16 Crashes in South Korean Waters

The unnamed pilot was awake and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, the U.S. 8th Fighter Wing said in a statement. It said it worked closely with mission partners in the U.S. and South Korea to find and rescue the pilot, who had an unspecified problem in the air and jumped out of the plane before it crashed into the water. The crash happened in seas near the port city of Seosan, and the cause of it was being looked into. At first, there were no reports of injuries or damage to property from the crash.

“We are very thankful to the Republic of Korea rescue forces and all of our teammates who made the swift recovery of our pilot possible,” said Col. Matthew C. Gaetke, the wing’s commander, referring to South Korea’s formal name. “Now we will shift our focus to search and recovery of the aircraft.”

It was in December that an F-16 crashed in the 8th Fighter Wing, which is made up of two units. Then it said that the pilot had problems during a normal training flight and was found safe after jumping out of the plane before it crashed into the water near Gunsan, a port city.

Following the crash of a U.S. Air Force Osprey off the coast of Japan on November 29, which killed all eight people on board, there were more events in South Korea.

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