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Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:55 am

A Belgian air force F-16 fighter plane has crashed in north-western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage electricity line.

Both pilots ejected from the plane near Lorient in Brittany, the Belgian air force said.

French media say the crash took place farther east, near Pluvigner.

The trapped man has now been retrieved from the power line while the other has been located. Both are reported to be safe and well.

The power line was high voltage at 250,000 volts, local media reported

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.

In one photo, sheets of metal appeared to be on fire in a wooded clearing.

The plane was not carrying weapons during its flight, officials said.


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Not the pilot's most lucky day, If the pilot survives, he has one hell of a story to tell. Hope he is well.
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:06 pm

I understood pilots of ejection capable aircraft carried some sort of descending device to get them out of such situations. No?
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:21 pm

But you do not want to do this on a high power line. As long as the power is on, any connection to the ground would fry yourself.
 
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:40 pm

And he is quite a few meters above the ground, so letting you fall from that height, will result in injury for sure.
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:11 pm

Dutchy wrote:
Not the pilot's most lucky day, If the pilot survives, he has one hell of a story to tell. Hope he is well.


not unusual to hang pilots out to dry. without or with their conveyance:
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:19 pm

Reading accident reports is what calms me down
 
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:16 pm

BBC wrote:

"They needed time to free him. They had to cut the electric current, but I've been on the phone to him and he says he feels fine," said Gen Maj Vansina. Both pilots were only thought to require hospital checks before being released.


he is fine, good t hear.
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:46 pm

Yet another great save! There’s no ejection story I won’t believe.

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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:45 pm

I would argue that it was the pilot's luckiest day - not often do you cheat death twice in quick succession, and in such spectacular fashion.
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Re: Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:14 pm

He still might have been zapped pretty good. Just the static shock from a 250,000 volt line is considerable. But the chute lines probably had enough resistance to keep that from happening.

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