The incident reportedly occurred near a US air base on the country's southwest coast
An American F-16 fighter jet has crashed in waters near South Korea, sources told Yonhap. This incident is the third time that an American warplane has been shot down in the region in less than a year.
A fighter pilot was forced to abandon the plane and ejected early Wednesday morning, as the F-16 jet plunged into the waters off the coast of Gunsan, South Korea, near Kunsan Air Force Base in Washington, media reported.
He added, “The fighter plane crashed into the water and the rescued pilot is fine.” An unnamed source told Yonhap.
The incident follows several similar incidents involving the same type of fighter jet in recent months, with another F-16 going down over the Yellow Sea during a training exercise in December. That aircraft was also stationed at Kosan as part of the US 8th Fighter Wing.
In May, another F-16 crashed near Osan Air Base in the country's northwest. Officials revealed few details about the accident, but said the pilot was participating in a routine training mission during the accident and exited the plane safely.
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