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PRESS RELEASE: F-16 Aircraft Incident on Kunsan Air Base

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron taxis down the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2019. The 35th FS “Pantons” perform air and space control roles including counter air, strategic attack, interdiction and close-air support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron taxis down the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2019. The 35th FS “Pantons” perform air and space control roles including counter air, strategic attack, interdiction and close-air support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

While performing a routine landing, a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot ejected from his aircraft at approximately 3:30 p.m. today near the Kunsan Air Base runway.

The pilot ejected safely with minor injuries and has been transported to a medical facility. The pilot was the only person onboard the aircraft. The aircraft was assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.

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. Additional details will be provided as they become available.