F-16 Damaged but Pilot Who Ejected Released in Good Condition: Air Force

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron lands following a routine training flight at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, on Aug. 28, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing is responsible for conducting air-to-ground and air-to-air missions with the 45 F-16s assigned to the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron lands following a routine training flight at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, on Aug. 28, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing is responsible for conducting air-to-ground and air-to-air missions with the 45 F-16s assigned to the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

SEOUL, South Korea -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot who was injured when he ejected at Kunsan Air Base has been released from the hospital, but the aircraft was damaged, according to the Air Force.

The pilot from the 8th Fighter Wing suffered minor injuries when he ejected during a landing after a routine sortie Monday.

He was released in good condition, the 8th Fighter Wing said Wednesday in a news release.

The aircraft sustained damage, but no other base assets or property were damaged, it added.

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Flying operations also resumed Wednesday after a 24-hour runway closure to verify it was safe for the use of all personnel and assets, according to a news release.

The 8th Fighter Wing initially said the runway had reopened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Public affairs officials couldn't immediately be reached for further comment.

"We are flying today because we have confidence in our maintainers and our pilots to execute the mission," wing commander Col. Tad Clark said in a statement.

The 8th Fighter Wing, which is based at Kunsan, has two fighter squadrons that perform air and space control roles, including counter air, strategic attack, interdiction and close-air support missions.

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