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Technology F-16 Crash Leaves Pilot Dangling from Power Lines

21:00  23 september  2019
21:00  23 september  2019 Source:   popularmechanics.com

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A pilot of an F - 16 fighter jet belonging to the Belgian Air Force was left suspended from a high-voltage electricity line by the strappings of his parachute on Thursday after ejecting from his plane when it went into Pictures on social media seemed to show the pilot dangling from the lines over a plowed field.

A Belgian F - 16 fighter jet crashed Thursday in western France, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving a pilot suspended for two hours from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught, according One was safely rescued but the other got stuck on the power line .

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: A Belgian Air Force F-16 crashed in France during a navigation flight. The pilots onboard safely ejected, but one ended up caught in power lines.© LUC CLAESSEN - Getty Images A Belgian Air Force F-16 crashed in France during a navigation flight. The pilots onboard safely ejected, but one ended up caught in power lines.
  • A Belgian Air Force F-16 crashed in France during a navigation flight.
  • The two pilots onboard safely ejected, but one ended up caught in power lines before being rescued.
  • Belgium has picked the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace its aging F-16 fleet.

Belgium, the small NATO country bordering France, keeps losing fighter jets under unusual circumstances. Last year, maintainers working on one F-16 destroyed another when they accidentally triggered the jet’s Gatling gun. Now a second F-16 has been lost in France, with one pilot ending up hanging in high voltage power lines, hindering his rescue.

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An F - 16 fighter pilot is currently stuck dangling from a live electricity line outside a rural French town after the jet crashed and they ejected from the plane. Both pilots ejected safely and are believed to be alive, The Belgian Air Force confirmed on Twitter, writing: "The pilots left the plane using their

A Belgian F - 16 pilot left dangling by parachute from power lines and his crewmate have survived a crash in western France. A Belgian F - 16 fighter pilot was stuck dangling from a live electricity line outside a rural French town after the jet crashed and they ejected from the plane.

The incident took place last Thursday, according to The Aviationist. The F-16BM, a two-seat version of the F-16 in Belgian service, took off from Florennes Air Base for a navigation exercise that took it to the far side of France. The plane had been flying at 1,500 feet, said the commander of the Belgian Air Force, General Frederick Vansina.

The crash, according to Air Force Technology, took place between the French cities of Pluvigner and Lorient. The aircraft reportedly hit the side of a house and crashed in a field, starting a small fire. There’s no word on why the aircraft crashed, but it was unarmed at the time of the incident.

The two F-16 pilots successfully ejected. One landed fairly normally and without incident, but the other landed in power lines carrying 250,000 volts of electricity (see the lefthand photo in tweet above). He was safely extricated after a two-hour operation by French emergency services, and even took a phone call from the General Vansina while waiting for someone to get him down.

The Belgian Defense Ministry has sent investigators to France to look into the incident.

Belgium’s fighter force is among the oldest in NATO, with the oldest F-16BM in service being 36 years old and the youngest “just” 30 years old. In 2018, Belgium selected the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace the F-16 fleet, with 34 aircraft planned.

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