Losses and Aviation Safety

Pilot Caught on High-Voltage Electricity Line after Belgian Air Force F-16BM crashes in France

However both crew members of the F-16BM are believed to have survived and a rescue operation is under way for the trapped man.

A Belgian Air Fore (BAF) F-16BM Fighting Falcon (according to Scramble Magazine most probably FB18, msn 6J-18, of 10w) crashed this morning near Lorient (France), Pluvigner, Morbihan to be exact. Both pilots used succesfully their ejection seats, both are alive although one of them ended up entangled in power cables, officials say.

The Viper Crew Member hanging from the lines has been rescued.

French news outlet Le Télégramme posted a photo from a great distance away which appeared to show a parachute dangling from a power line near a large pylon.

Other photos appeared to show black smoke billowing from the nearby area and a damaged roof on one home.

Further information will follow when available.

The BAF originally purchased 24 F-16Bs of which five have crashed over the years. Most of the B’s still in service have been designated “BM” after having received a mid-life update. Currently only nine are still operational, minus one after today. The F-16BMs are assigned to 2 Wing and 10 Wing and are based at Florennes air base and Kleine Brogel air base (Belgium).

Photo credit: aceebee from Camberley, UK Via Wikimedia

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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