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PRESS RELEASE: Kunsan safely resumes operations after F-16 aircraft incident

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron takes off for routine flying at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2019. The 80th FS “Juvats” 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 80th Fighter Squadron takes off for routine flying at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2019. The 80th FS “Juvats” 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 --

The 8th Fighter Wing resumed flying operations on Dec. 4, after conducting a 24-hour runway closure to verify it was safe for the use of all personnel and assets.

During a landing after a routine sortie on Dec. 2, a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 8th Fighter Wing safely ejected from his aircraft and was transported to a medical facility with minor injuries. The pilot was released in good condition.

“We are flying today because we have confidence in our maintainers and our pilots to execute the mission,” said Col. Tad Clark, 8th Fighter Wing commander. “I want to thank everyone who worked hard and expediently to make sure we were able to resume operations with safety as our top priority.”

While the aircraft sustained damage after the ejection, there was no damage to other base assets or property.

A safety board is continuing to investigate the incident. Additional details will be provided as they become available.