Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Pilot trapped on high-voltage power line as aircraft crashes

Pilot trapped on high-voltage power line as aircraft crashes

The second was initially suspended on a high-voltage line by his parachute.

The prefecture of Morbihan said in a statement: "The F-16 pilot and his co-pilot were able to eject before the crash".

The Belgian Air Force confirmed one of its F-16s had crashed, and said both pilots ejected with one landing safely.

The plane came down over the town of Pluvigner at around 10.30am local time on Thursday, narrowly missing a house.

One of the plane's wings sliced the roof and facade of a house in the town of Pluvigner, in Britanny, before plunging into a neighboring farm field, said Ludovic Kauffer, who lives in the house.

The plane exploded upon impact
The plane exploded upon impact

The pilot and his fellow aviator were on a training flight from Florennes in the Belgian province of Namur to the French base of Lann-Bihoué near Lorient, according to the BBC.

Beglium's defense ministry said its pilots had "sustained only minor injuries," adding that air safety investigators were heading to France.

Images published in local media showed the pilot dangling from the cords attached to the parachute which had been ensnared by a cable next to the electricity pylon. It is not known at present how or why the jet got into difficulties severe enough for the pilots to eject.

Homes in the proximity of the crash site were evacuated, and a security parameter was set up.

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