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    52nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander Speaks on F-16 Crash

    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY

    08.11.2015

    Story by Tech. Sgt. Fernando X. Burgos-Ortiz 

    AFN Superstation Sembach   

    SPANGDAHLEM, Germany - Col. Steven P. Horton, 52nd FW Vice Commander, speaks with AFN Spangdahlem about the F-16 crash near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany.

    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, crashed Aug. 11, 2015, at approximately 9:38 a.m. near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany.

    The pilot safely ejected and jettisoned fuel tanks over an unpopulated area. The pilot is being treated at a local hospital.

    The aircraft was carrying six 25-pound training munitions. There were no live munitions on board.

    The aircraft departed from Spangdahlem for a training flight near U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Bavaria, Germany.

    U.S. military first responders are working with German authorities to secure the crash site. A 1,000-foot/350-meter cordon was established to protect the crash site and begin investigations.

    All persons are requested to stay away from the vicinity of the site for their own safety and not to impede on the response efforts.

    The 52nd FW has cancelled flying operations for 24 hours for safety reasons.

    The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

    For more information, please contact the 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 0656-561-6555 or 52fw.paoffice@us.af.mil.

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    Date Taken: 08.11.2015
    Date Posted: 08.11.2015 10:38
    Story ID: 172737
    Location: SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, DE 

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    52nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander Speaks on F-16 Crash