The Belgian jet fighter crashed on a house near the town of Pluvigner (Morbihan)

Crash of a Fighter Plane in Morbihan: What We Know

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A Belgian fighter plane crashed in Pluvigner (Morbihan) on Thursday 19th September 2019, at 10.30am. The two pilots are alive.

At 10:30, Thursday, September 19, 2019, a Belgian fighter crashed between Landaul and Pluvigner (Morbihan), on the RD 16, at a place called Le Poteau. The road is currently closed to traffic. Both pilots had time to eject. They are alive.

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The plane crashes on a house

The crash of this F16 aircraft occurred while he was in exercise. Firefighters are currently on site. Contacted, the mayor of the municipality of Pluvigner, Gérard Pillet evokes “a breakdown of the engine” at the origin of the accident.


The elected official pointed out that “the plane crashed on a part of a house in which there were no injuries. He crashed into a cornfield. The tip of the plane penetrated one meter into the ground.




The pilots ejected

On Twitter, the Belgian Air Force reports that the two pilots ejected from the plane.

One of the pilots was stuck in the high-voltage lines after ejected from the plane.
One of the pilots was stuck in the high-voltage lines after ejected from the plane. (© Waterfront photo)

The prefecture of Morbihan adds in a statement that the two pilots are alive. EDF agents intervened to cut electricity. Firefighters then deployed a gondola to rescue one of the two pilots suspended about 15 m high after his parachute caught on a high-voltage line. He stayed nearly an hour in the air.


We heard a big boom

On a construction site, near the accident site, workers with noise-canceling helmets “heard a big boom as if something were falling apart. We were afraid it would come from our yard.

RD 16 between Pluvigner and Landaul (Morbihan) is closed to traffic.
RD 16 between Pluvigner and Landaul (Morbihan) is closed to traffic. (© Morbihan News)

A crisis unit set up

A crisis unit was set up by the prefecture, which states that “this F-16 type device was not armed and its loading is under expertise. ”

“This plane had taken off from Florennes (Belgium) and was going to the Lann-Bihoué Naval Air Base.”

A 500m security perimeter was deployed around the crash site. The soldiers of the departmental gendarmerie group of Morbihan are on site to secure the area. 40 firefighters and 20 rescue vehicles of the SDIS of Morbihan are currently mobilized.

The prefecture invites the public to “respect this perimeter of security” in which research is underway to find any debris of the aircraft.

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