USAFE A-10 Thunderbolt crashes near Spangdahlem

An U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashed approximately 4 p.m. local time yesterday in a field outside Laufeld, Germany, a town north of the city of Wittlich.

A-10 Spangdahlem

Eine A-10 aus Spangdahlem stürzte am 1. April 2011 bei Laufeld ab (Foto: USAF).  


The pilot, Lt. Col. Scott Hurrelbrink from the 81st Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, ejected from the aircraft and sustained minor injuries. He was transported from the scene and is in good condition at Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Bruder, a hospital in Trier, Germany.

German emergency responders were the first to the scene, followed by medical personnel who transported the pilot to the hospital via helicopter. U.S. Air Force first responders and the On-Scene Commander arrived shortly thereafter and coordinated cohesively with German counterparts to secure the mishap site. German military police and Spangdahlem Security Forces remain on scene providing 24/7 site security.

The pilot was returning to base from a local routine training mission at the time of the mishap. The aircraft had training ammunition on board. A Spangdahlem Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has secured the site and has positive control on training munitions.

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