American F-16 fighter crashed off the coast of Korea
US F-16 fighters prepared to land at the base in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea, in April 2013. Photo: Reuters

An American F-16 fighter crashed during a training flight at sea in Korea; the pilot was able to eject.

The F-16 fighter crashed into the Yellow Sea after taking off at about 9:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. Hanoi time) today from the air base in Gunsan city, 178 km south of Seoul, military sources said. US and South Korea said.

According to sources, the pilot ejected the emergency chair, but whether this person was rescued is unclear.

The Korean Ministry of Defense and US forces in Korea have not commented on the information.

The F-16 multirole fighter has been developed by General Dynamics since the 1970s and is used by the US and its allies. Each F-16 costs 30-35 million USD, depending on the variant.

The F-16 can reach a maximum speed of 2,121 km/h at an altitude of 12,000 m and a maximum flight ceiling of 18,000 m with a range of 546 km. The F-16 has a 6-barrel 20 mm cannon and 11 pylons carrying 7.7 tons of weapons.