Fighter pilot ejected into high-voltage power line after jet crash

By | September 19, 2019

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in France and, after ejecting, one of its two pilots hit a high-voltage power line and was left hanging in the air.

The plane was traveling from Belgium to a naval airbase in France on Thursday morning when it plunged between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul, in Britanny, officials said.

Both pilots ejected from the fighter jet before it crashed, but one of them became stuck in the electricity line after his parachute became caught. He was later helped down after power in the area was turned off.

No one on the ground was injured when the jet crashed, which the Belgium Defense Ministry said was due to unspecified engine trouble. The two pilots said there was an “engine technical incident” during flight.

One house was damaged in the incident, according to someone who told The Associated Press their roof was sliced by one of the plane’s wings. He said his parents were home at the time, and are OK.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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