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Pilot trapped in high voltage power line for hours after Belgian fighter jet crashes in France


One of two pilots operating a Belgian F-16 fighter jet spent nearly two hours tangled in a high-voltage electricity line after the aircraft crashed in Western France on Thursday.

The plane was traveling from Belgium to a naval air base in France when it plunged downward between the towns of Pluvigner, in Brittany, and Landaul, around 1 p.m. local time, according to Belgian Airforce twitter account.

One of the fighter jet’s wings sliced the roof and façade of a house before crashing into a nearby farm field, according to the homeowner, Ludovic Kauffer.

“My mother is in shock, my father is too,” he said. “The most important thing is that everyone is okay.”

The two pilots aboard the aircraft both ejected ahead of the crash. One was safely rescued while the other became trapped after his parachute got caught in a power line.

Emergency responders were able to safely extract the victim after cutting power in the area. Both pilots were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries and are expected to recover.

Local authorities in Morbihan said that 40 firefighters and 20 rescue vehicles responded to the scene and have urged residents to steer clear of the area.

The crash also sparked a fire in the field where the plane crashed, which has since been contained.

A national police spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported among residents in the area, and that the incident is under investigation.

The plane was not armed at the time of the crash.

With News Wire Services