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US Air Force F-16 crashes in Germany

A US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C based out of Spangdahlem AFB in Germany has crashed during a training exercise in Bavaria.

Assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, the F-16 was conducting a training exercise from the US Army’s Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr on 11 August when it crashed at 09:38 local time near Engelmannsreuth in Bayreuth.

The USAF says the pilot of the single-seater variant ejected safely, and that the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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USAF F-16 flying out of Spangdahlem on 6 July 2015

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Although no further details were provided by the service, it is believed that the aircraft was carrying a practice bomb on board, and pictures have emerged of a fire erupting within a forested area, which the US military and German authorities were trying to contain.

Pictures have also emerged of the aircraft’s canopy bearing the registration number 91-366, which shows the aircraft has a build year of 1993, according to Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database.

The USAF has a 24-strong F-16C/D basing at Spangdahlem, the service says.

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