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US F-16 fighter crashes in Louisiana

US Air Force file photo: A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon from the South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls ascends after flying over the air field at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa on September 9, 2021.

An F-16 fighter aircraft crashed on March 23 in Louisiana, the local police have confirmed.

The pilot is safe after managing to eject from the fighter before it crashed.

According to local reports, the aircraft crashed in a wooded area in Beauregard Parish at around 11:15 am.

The pilot was retrieved by personnel from Fort Polk, who are currently on the scene. The crash site is some 50 miles south of Fort Polk.

According to Fort Polk personnel, the F-16 belongs to the Texas Air National Guard.

The F-16 crash occurred a day after a US Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing experienced a mishap while landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on March 22.