Belgian fighter jet pilot rescued from power line after crash in France

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in western France, damaging a house and setting a field ablaze.

The crash left a pilot suspended for two hours from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught.

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, officials said.

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This photo provided by the Morbihan Prefecture shows the crash site of F16 jet fighter, Thursday, Sept.19, 2019 in Pluvigner, western France. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in western France, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving one of the two pilots dangling by his parachute from a high-voltage electricity line for two hours, French authorities said. (Prefecture du Morbihan via AP)
This picture taken on September 19, 2019 in Pluvigner, western France, shows a truck with a crane used to save a pilot from a power line after his F-16 fighter jet of the Belgian air force crashed. - Parts from the stricken plane, which was not carrying weapons and was flying from Belgium to a French base on a training mission, crashed into houses in the Morbihan region around the town of Pluvigner with both pilots successfully ejecting but one spending two hours hanging from a power line before being cut down, officials said. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes block the road leading the site of a jet crash near Pluvigner, western France, Thursday, Sept.19, 2019. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed 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 to French authorities. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A gendarme helicopter takes off near the site of a jet crash near Pluvigner, western France, Thursday, Sept.19, 2019. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed 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 to French authorities. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 file photo, a Belgian F16 fighter jet flies over Florennes Military Airbase, in Florennes, Belgium. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 on a road in western France and one of its pilots is hanging from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught, according to French authorities. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
A rescue vehicle, partially hidden, parks near the site of a jet crash near Pluvigner, western France, Thursday, Sept.19, 2019. A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed 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 to French authorities. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A gendarmerie helicopter takes off from the site where an F-16 jet of the Belgian air force crashed on September 19, 2019 in Pluvigner, western France, with both pilots successfully ejecting but one spending two hours hanging from a power line before being cut down, officials said. - Parts from the stricken plane, which was not carrying weapons and was flying from Belgium to a French base on a training mission, crashed into houses in the Morbihan region around the town of Pluvigner. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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No injuries have been reported. Surrounding homes were evacuated as the pilot was being taken down and firefighters battled the blaze from the crash.

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

Mr Kauffer was at work at the time of the accident, but his parents were home and described to him the "booms" of the crash.

"My mother is in shock, my father is too," he said. "The most important thing is that everyone is OK."

The plane was travelling from Belgium to a naval air base in France when it came down between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul.

Two pilots were aboard, and both ejected before the crash. One was safely rescued but the other got stuck on the power line.

The plane itself was not armed, officials said.

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