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Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

/ 08:20 PM September 19, 2019
Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 file photo, a Belgian F16 fighter jet flies over Florennes Military Airbase, in Florennes, Belgium. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, on a road in western France and one of its pilots is hanging from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught, according to French authorities. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

PARIS — A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday in western France, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving a pilot suspended for two hours from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught, French authorities said.

Emergency workers extracted the pilot safely after cutting off power in the area, and he was been taken to a nearby hospital for medical checks, a spokesman for the regional administration told The Associated Press.

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No injuries have been reported. Surrounding homes were evacuated as the pilot was being taken down and firefighters battled the blaze from the crash.

One of the plane’s wings sliced the roof and facade of a house in the town of Pluvigner, in Britanny, before plunging into a neighboring farm field, said Ludovic Kauffer, who lives in the house.

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Kauffer was at work at the time of the morning accident, but his parents were home and described to him the “booms” of the crash.

“My mother is in shock, my father is too,” he told The AP. “The most important thing is that everyone is OK.”

The plane was traveling from Belgium to a naval airbase in France when it came down between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul, according to a statement from the regional prefecture, or administration.

Two pilots were aboard, and both ejected before the crash. One was safely rescued but the other got stuck on the power line.

The plane itself was not armed, the statement said.

Local newspaper Le Telegramme showed images of the pilot hanging from the line, black smoke and flames rising from the area and a damaged house.

A national police spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported among residents in the area. She said about 100 police have surrounded the crash site and are investigating what happened. /kga

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