Belgian pilot rescued from power line after F16 crash

Clay Curtis
September 19, 2019

The trapped man has now been retrieved from the power line while the other has been located.

French emergency services rescued a pilot hanging from an electricity line on Thursday, after his unarmed Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in northwestern France, according to local media outlets.

Emergency workers extracted the pilot safely after cutting off power in the area, and he was been taken to a nearby hospital for medical checks, a spokesman for the regional administration told The Associated Press.

According to the ministry, the parachute of one of the two was caught up in a high-voltage power line and the electricity service technicians were on-site to free the crew member. "They were both localised and are alive", it said in a statement.

It also reported that one house was damaged in the crash.

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Both the F-16 pilot and co-pilot ejected before the crash and were not seriously harmed.

The combat aircraft had taken off from Belgium's Florennes Air Base and was going to Lann-Bihoue naval airbase in France when the tragedy took place.

The male pilot was reportedly injured in the fall that has left him hanging, by his parachute on the 250,000 voltage line.

No injuries were reported among residents in the area, a police spokeswoman said. Belgian air safety investigators will head to France to join the probe.

The second pilot was rescued.

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