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USAF F-16C Viper crashes at Holloman Air Force base

F-16 Fighting Falcon
US Air Force file photo of an F-16 Fighting Falcon

A US Air Force F-16C Viper assigned to the 49th Wing crashed during landing at Holloman AFB on Monday evening.

According to the 49th Wing, the sole pilot on board successfully ejected, and is currently being treated for minor injuries. An investigation conducted by a board of qualified officers is underway to determine the cause of the incident.

Holloman AFB is home to T-38 Talon, F-16 Fighting Falcon, QF-16 Drone, and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft.

This is the latest in a series of mishaps of US Air Force aircraft since the beginning of the year. The Viper accident follows an incident from late June, when a pilot died in the crash of an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, South California.

Earlier in June, another pilot was killed in the crash of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet in the North Sea. In May this year, an F-35 and an F-22 aircraft crashed at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida within one week.