A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in western France, Thursday


Emergency workers extracted the stuck pilot safely after cutting off power in the area. He was taken to a nearby hospital for medical checks. The plane was not carrying weapons. It was flying from Florennes air base in Belgium to the military airport at the French naval airbase at Lann-Bihoué, in Morbihan department, western France.


During accident, one of the plane’s wings sliced through the roof and facade of a house in the town of Pluvigner, in Britanny. After,  the F-16 plunged into a neighboring farm field. Anybody was hurt. Firefighters battled the blaze from the crash. 100 French police officers had surrounded the crash site. Investigators from the Aviation Safety Directorate had been dispatched to the scene to determine the cause of the accident. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic aircraft originally developed for the US air force and that first went into service in 1973.


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