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Trier / Zemmer
A US fighter crashed on Tuesday afternoon in Rhineland-Palatinate. "I can confirm the crash of one of our F16 machines," said a spokeswoman for the US airfield Spangdahlem in the Eifel. The machine had started from the base and crashed during a routine training flight. The pilot had rescued the ejection seat and was recovered with minor injuries, it said in a statement. He came to a hospital.
The police in Trier said that the crash site near Zemmer in the district of Trier-Saarburg had been cordoned off. There are no indications for damages. According to the local mayor of Zemmer, Edgar Schmitt, the jet went down over a forest. The accident is being investigated.
Residents were asked to avoid the crash site. Vehicles should bypass the area over a large area. Several county roads were closed to traffic.