Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to energy line

Belgian Air Force F-16 AM fighting jet, a military war aircraft on an aerobatic air show display during the 53rd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget Airport LBG in France.

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A Belgian air drive F-16 fighter airplane has crashed in north-western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage electrical energy line.

Each pilots ejected from the airplane close to Lorient in Brittany, the Belgian air drive mentioned.


French media say the airplane got here down additional east, close to Pluvigner.

The trapped man has now been retrieved from the facility line whereas the opposite has been situated. Each are reported to be secure and effectively.

The ability line was excessive voltage at 250,000 volts, native media reported.

The pilot had been flying at 500m (1,500ft) and the airplane was in good situation, the commander of the Belgian air drive, Frederik Vansina, mentioned in an announcement.

Belgian media stories it was on a apply flight from Florennes within the Belgian province of Namur to a French airbase at Lann-Bihoué, some 30km (19 miles) from the crash web site.

French information outlet Le Télégramme posted a photograph from an incredible distance away which appeared to indicate a parachute dangling from an influence line close to a big pylon.

Different images appeared to indicate black smoke billowing from the close by space and a broken roof on one residence, which was reportedly solely 50m (164ft) from the positioning of the crash.

In a single photograph, sheets of metallic seemed to be on fireplace in a wooded clearing and one other exhibits a close-by maize discipline in flames.

The airplane was not carrying weapons throughout its flight, officers mentioned.