An F-16 fighter jet belonging to Danish Defence has crashed into the North Sea off the coast of the island of Rømø, it has been confirmed.
The crash was controlled and according to Danish Defence, the pilot was unable to set the fighter’s landing gear, which prevented it from landing.
“The most important thing for me is that the pilot is safe,” said Anders Rex, the head of Fighter Wing Skrydstrup. “Our pilots are trained for this, but it’s still a dramatic experience and he will get all the support he needs.”
The pilot ejected from the plane over Rømø and was picked up by an Air Force rescue helicopter.
Danish Defence’s crash investigator, Forsvarets Havarikommission, is currently gathering information about the crash.