French Air Force display jet crash lands beside a highway as the pilot ejects and has to be treated by medics
- Jet from the Patrouille de France display team has crashed in southern France
- Aircraft was landing when it overshot the runway and crashed into a highway
- Pilot managed to eject but was injured and had to be treated by medics
A French Air Force display jet has crash-landed in the south of France.
The Dornier Alpha Jet, of the Patrouille de France display team, was coming in to land at Perpignan airport around 11.20am Thursday when the accident happened.
The jet appears to have overshot the runway, smashed through a perimeter fence, skipped over a smaller access road and then come to rest against a concrete barrier beside a nearby highway.
A Dornier Alpha Jet belonging to the Patrouille de France display team was coming in to land in Perpignan, in the south of France, around 11.20am Thursday when it crashed
The pilot managed to eject but was injured and had to be taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to TV station France 3.
Video posted online shows fire crews extinguishing burning vegetation around the jet as it sits at the roadside.
The Patrouille display team were in Perpignan ahead of a display at Saint-Cyprien later on Friday, local L’Independent reported.
It is not clear if the display will now go ahead.
The D117 highway has also been closed while the accident site is cleared. The exact cause of the crash are not yet clear
The jet appears to have broken through a security fence (far right), skipped over an access road (right) and then crashed into a concrete wall beside a highway (centre)
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