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Belgian F-16 crashes after bird collision: defence ministry

An F-16 fighter plane belonging to the Belgian military crashed and burned near the Dutch border Thursday after colliding with birds, the country's defence ministry said.

"The pilot is safe and well," a ministry spokesman told AFP.

A local police spokesman added that "no-one was injured and there is no material damage" beyond the plane, which national news agency Belga said burst into flames after missing a military runway at Kleine Brogel, near eastern Peer, the pilot having ejected before impact.

F-16s would be worth scores of millions of dollars depending on age and specifications.

by Mamoon Durrani © 2012 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Aug 16, 2012


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