USAF F-16 aircraft crashes in Turkey

UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND -- A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon crashed at about 10:14 a.m. Turkish local time today near Batman, Turkey.

The aircraft was assigned to Operation Northern Watch Operation Northern Watch. Its home base was Aviano Air Base, Italy.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft was en route to a mission enforcing the northern no-fly zone over Iraq. The accident location is in Eastern Turkey.

One person was on board the aircraft. The pilot, 1Lt Michael A. Nelson, Jr., of the 510th Fighter Squadron, ejected and is uninjured. He was picked up in a combined Turkish Jandarma/USAF pararescue effort and returned to Incirlik Air Base at about 1 p.m.

An Incirlik Air Base-based mishap response team is en-route to the accident site, and a board of qualified officers will investigate the accident.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

For more information, please contact the Combined Task Force Combined Information Bureau at +90-322-316-3704.

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