Fighter jet crashes at Singapore airbase

The pilot successfully ejected and the plane crashed thereafter within Tengah Air Base.

08 May 2024 04:00pm
This photograph taken on November 12, 2016 shows three Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 aircraft flying during a media preview in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP
This photograph taken on November 12, 2016 shows three Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 aircraft flying during a media preview in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP
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SINGAPORE - An F-16 fighter jet crashed at a military airbase in Singapore on Wednesday with no casualties, the defence ministry said.

"The pilot successfully ejected and the plane crashed thereafter within Tengah Air Base.

"The pilot is conscious and able to walk. He is receiving medical attention and no other personnel are hurt," it said in a statement.

The ministry said the Singapore jet "experienced an issue during take-off and the pilot responded in accordance with emergency procedures."

It added that it had begun investigating the crash.

Such incidents are extremely rare in the city-state which has the most advanced air force in Southeast Asia.

In 2010, a military helicopter made an emergency landing at an open field near a residential area due to issues with the engine. - AFP

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