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Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by GRAHAMW » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:33 pm



(CNN)A Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter plane crashed Thursday in western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage power line.

Both pilots on board the plane ejected from the aircraft near Lorient, France, the Belgian Air Force said on Twitter on Thursday.

"The pilot and co-pilot were able to eject themselves from their seats before the crash. One is being looked after by the emergency services and the second has his parachute caught on a high-voltage power line," a spokesman for the police in Morbihan, Brittany, told CNN.
The police later confirmed that emergency services had been able to free the pilot caught on the high voltage power line. Both pilots suffered light injuries.

Local authorities in Morbihan said that 40 firefighters and 20 rescue vehicles had attended the scene, and asked local residents to steer clear of a security perimeter around the crash site. 8 houses were evacuated as a precaution, police told CNN.

"A 500m security perimeter has been set up around the site of the air crash and @gendarmerie is on site to secure the area. 40 firefighters and 20 rescue vehicles of the SDIS of Morbihan are mobilized. The public is requested to respect this security perimeter," the authorities said in a statement posted on Twitter.
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by ddevos » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:55 pm

I suppose a 500m security perimeter probably means the aircraft must have had live ammunition on board, especially if they decided to evacuate people from nearby houses.
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by Mfezi » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:42 pm

ddevos wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:55 pm
I suppose a 500m security perimeter probably means the aircraft must have had live ammunition on board, especially if they decided to evacuate people from nearby houses.
It being an F-16, this was possibly due to the Hydrazine H-70 used in their EPUs. It constitutes a serious hazard each time an F-16 crashes. I assume the Belgian F-16s use the same Hydrazine powered EPUs as the US versions.
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by Jasondn78 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:58 pm

Geez, that's called having a rough day! It just wasn't his day.
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by Kotze101 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:30 pm

Is it just me or does it actually look like the jet carried on flying after the pilots ejected?
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by layercake » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:41 am

That footage shown at the start of this thread, of the ejection from F16, appears to be the same footage taken of the F16 ejection and crash in the USA, where the aircraft ended in crashing into a warehouse, close to a USAF base, in California (IIRC).

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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by Mfezi » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:59 am

layercake wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:41 am
That footage shown at the start of this thread, of the ejection from F16, appears to be the same footage taken of the F16 ejection and crash in the USA, where the aircraft ended in crashing into a warehouse, close to a USAF base, in California (IIRC).
The footage was indeed "borrowed" from the Riverside crash:
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Re: Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable

Unread post by Warloc67 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:26 am

At least hanging on the powerline safed him from impact with terra firma. Hurt your balls though
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