Following the death of eight American servicemen in the crash of an Osprey aircraft on a Japanese island last month, a U.S. F-16 fighter has fallen into Yellow Sea seas off the coast of South Korea, raising worries about safety.
According to Yonhap News Agency, which cited unidentified sources, the F-16 fell into the sea on Monday after taking off from the city of Gunsan, some 180 kilometers south of Seoul, at about nine in the morning. It stated that the pilot had been recovered from the sea, had ejected, and was awake.
A request for comment was not immediately answered by U.S. Forces Korea.
According to military authorities, the U.S. military grounded several hundred of its Osprey aircraft after it crashed off the southwest island of Yakushima last month. This was done to investigate for any potential technical issues that may have contributed to the tragedy.
Before the decision to ground the fleet, the Japanese government had requested that U.S. military personnel stationed there halt operations of the Osprey, which is manufactured by a Textron subsidiary and a Boeing unit, to undertake inspections.
The Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that can fly like an airplane and land and take off like a helicopter. The tragedy in Japan brought this aircraft back under investigation. early years of difficulties