A US Air Power pilot safely ejected earlier than his F-16 fighter jet crashed into the ocean off South Korea’s coast, US and South Korean navy officers have stated.
The pilot was recovered by the South Korean coast guard and was “awake and in steady situation,” the US eighth Fighter Wing stated in a press release.
The pilot took off from Kunsan Air Base close to the southwestern port metropolis of Gunsan on a routine coaching flight and was compelled to eject from the plane after experiencing an unspecified in-flight emergency.
The eighth Fighter Wing stated the reason for the in-flight emergency is being investigated.
“We’re grateful for the protected restoration of our Airman by our ROK Allies and that the pilot is in good situation,” Colonel Matthew C Gaetke, the eighth Fighter Wing commander, stated in a press release, referring to the Republic of Korea, South Korea’s official title.
It comes after a US Air Power Osprey plane crashed off southern Japan on 29 November throughout a coaching mission, killing all eight individuals on board.