F-16 fighter jet crashes in ‘populated area’ of French town, with pilot caught on high-voltage electricity line
- Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in Pluvigner, Brittany, in Western France
- Emergency crew are working to extract one pilot from an electricity line
French authorities say a Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in a populated area in western France and one of its pilots is caught on a high-voltage electricity line.
A spokesman for the regional prefecture, or administration, said that the plane crashed Thursday morning in the town of Pluvigner in Brittany. He said one pilot was safely rescued and emergency workers are extracting the other pilot from the electricity line.
He said the immediate area was evacuated.
A stock image shows a Belgian F-16 fighter image similar to the one that reportedly crashed in Western France today
A national police spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported among residents in the area.
She said about 100 police have surrounded the crash site and are investigating what happened.
French media outlet, Ouest France, reported the plane had been taking part in an exercise along the coast of the maritime town of Brest.
The unarmed plane had flown from the airline base of Florennes, near Namur in Belgium and was headed for the naval base in Lann-Bihoué (Morbihan) at the time of the crash.
Two people who were in the plane at the time, both managed to jump from it, but one of the two was caught on a high-voltage electricity line near the French village of Kerdutel.
He was reportedly injured in the fall that has left him hanging, by his parachute on the 250,000 voltage line.
Emergency services spokesman, Cyril Berrod, told the French outlet he was unable to give out further information at this stage.
‘The focus is on the pilot,’ he said.