Military jet crashes leaving pilot dangling on high voltage line

A Belgian Air Force F-16 [Photo: Mirror file image]

A Belgian military jet has crashed in western France leaving one of the pilots caught on a high-voltage electricity line.

Both the F-16 pilot and co-pilot ejected before the crash and are understood to be alive.

A large rescue involving 100 personnel is underway as crews attempt to free one of the pilots left dangling nearly 100ft in the air.

The plane exploded upon impact [Photo: Mathieu PŽlicart]

The incident took place near the town of Pluvigner, Britanny, at around 10:30 am local time, Le Telegramme reports.

Pictures from the scene show how the crash created a large fireball that sent plumes of thick black smoke into the air.

The town has been evacuated but no injuries have been reported.

Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion before the aircraft plunged from the sky.

Local Patrick Kauffer said: "My wife was in the house and she heard a huge explosion, followed by a second, she went out into the garden and saw the plane on fire."

Picture of the crash site in western France [Photo: Facebook]

"Yes, we can say it's a miracle, the wing of the plane tore off some of the roof on the north side of our house, the damage is impressive: the trees and the shed were on fire when my wife was evacuated ".

The prefecture of Morbihan said in a statement: "The F-16 pilot and his co-pilot were able to eject before the crash.

"Both of them have been located and are alive, one of them has already been taken care of by the emergency services deployed on-site, the second is currently suspended on a high-voltage line by its parachute.

Locals said they heard a loud explosion before the pilots ejected [Photo:: Facebook]

The plane had not been loaded with weaponry before embarking on its journey.

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