An A-10 ground-attack aircraft assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, crashed Friday north of the German city of Wittlich near Laufeld, which is southwest of Bonn. German responders were first on the scene and transported the pilot to a local hospital, according to Spangdahlem officials. They said the pilot is “in good condition” and receiving medical care. He has been in contact with the leadership of his squadron as well as the base’s parent 52nd Fighter Wing, they said. The wing is withholding the pilot’s name until it notifies his family. The A-10 was on a routine, local training mission at the time of the incident, which happened about 3:57 p.m. local German time. The officials said they would release additional details as they become available. A board of officers will investigate the accident. (Spangdahlem first release and second release and third release)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.