The pilot of a U.S. F-16 ejected safely from the plane before it crashed into the Yellow Sea off the southwestern coast of South Korea on Monday, according to the Air Force.
Kunsan Air Base, located in Gunsan, South Korea, said in a statement that an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing experienced an in-flight emergency at approximately 8:43 a.m. local time on Monday. , which caused the pilot to eject. himself from the plane.
The pilot was recovered by the ROK Maritime Forces in “awake and stable condition,” the base said.
“We are grateful for the safe recovery of our airman by our ROK allies and that the pilot is in good condition,” said Col. Matthew C. Gaetke, 8th FW commander.
The pilot’s name and other details related to his condition will not be released, the base said.
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The cause of the in-flight emergency is not yet known, but will be “thoroughly investigated,” the base said.
Details about the cause will not be released until the investigation is complete.