- A Belgian Air Force pilot is stuck suspended from a electricity wire in rural France after an F-16 jet crashed on Thursday.
- “One of our F16’s crashed near Lorient in France. The pilots left the plane using their ejectable seats,” the air force tweeted.
- Photos posted to social media appear to show the pilot suspended between two pylons, damage to a farmhouse, and badly scorched ground.
- French media report both pilots are alive and that the jet grazed a house in Pluvigner, Brittany, as it crashed at around 10:30 a.m.
- A National Police spokeswoman told The Associated Press no injuries were reported among residents.
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An F-16 fighter pilot is currently stuck dangling from a live electricity line outside a rural French town after the jet crashed and they ejected from the plane.
Both pilots ejected safely and are believed to be alive, The Belgian Air Force confirmed on Twitter, writing: “The pilots left the plane using their ejectable seats.”
Breaking: A Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in #Pluvigner in western France .
One of the pilots is caught on a high-voltage electricity line and rescue efforts are underway. pic.twitter.com/3HKrfxSsXU
— News_Executive (@News_Executive) September 19, 2019
Photos posted to social media show what appears to be a pilot hanging from an overhead electrical wire.
A National Police spokeswoman told the AP no injuries were reported among residents in the area. Police have set up a 500-meter security perimeter around the crash site.
The owner of the house damaged in the crash told Ouest-France: “We were in the garden. We heard a great boom and a sound of tearing metal. Moments later, a second explosion and another tearing of scrap metal.”
The F-16 was travelling from an air base in Florennes, near Namur, to the French naval air base at Lann-Bihoué, Morbihan, and was not armed, local officials told French media.
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