Pilot safe after F-16 runs off runway at Osan
SEOUL — A U.S. Air Force pilot safely exited his F-16 after the jet ran off the right side of the runway at Osan Air Base on Monday afternoon, according to a base news release.
The pilot, from Osan’s 36th Fighter Squadron, had landed the F-16 and was rolling down the runway when the incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m.
There were no reports of injuries. Osan emergency crews responded to the scene.
Several 51st Fighter Wing aircraft were diverted to Kunsan Air Base, and Osan’s runway remained closed late Monday afternoon.
“A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident,” according to the release, and more information will be provided when available.
South Korean official confirms location of missilesSEOUL — South Korean officials confirmed Monday that the South Korean military installed anti-aircraft missiles on a 32-story apartment building across the street from Yongsan Garrison’s Gate 1.
The South Korean Army Headquarters installed the missiles on the Xi building in late May, according to a South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official. The official said it’s the first time the missiles have been placed on a residential building.
The spokesman said placing the missiles on the building, the highest point in the area, made sense in helping to defend the Ministry of National Defense.