A Belgian F-16 crashed Thursday morning in the west of France. The two pilots have used their shooting seat; one of them got stuck in high voltage cables and was released after a few hours.
The pilot was stuck in cables near the village of Pluvigner, in Brittany. Emergency services have brought him down around 1 p.m. He is slightly injured and is being cared for in the hospital.
The other pilot landed without problems immediately after the crash, although he was also slightly injured.
The F-16 had left for a training flight on Thursday morning and would land at the military airport of Lorient, France. It is still unclear how the aircraft crashed. At 2.30 p.m. the Belgian defense is holding a press conference at the military base in Evere.
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"My wife heard a huge explosion"
According to the local newspaper Ouest-France , the plane crashed right next to a house. Part of the roof was even hit by a wing and trees caught fire. Local residents have been temporarily evacuated.
"My wife was inside and heard a huge explosion, followed by a second one. She immediately went to the garden and saw the burning plane," a resident of the home hit told the newspaper.
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