Pilot caught on high-voltage power line after fighter jet crash

A pilot is stuck on a high-voltage electricity line in France after a Belgian fighter jet crashed.

The F-16 jet crashed near Pluvigner in Brittany on Thursday, French authorities said.

One pilot was safely rescued and emergency workers are extracting the other pilot from the electricity line. The immediate area was evacuated.

The plane had been travelling from Belgium to a naval air base in France when it crashed between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul, according to a statement from the regional prefecture, or administration.

The two pilots aboard ejected the aircraft as it came down, the Belgian Air Force said.

One is still stuck on the power line.

Local newspaper Le Telegramme showed images of the pilot hanging from the line, with black smoke and flames rising from the area.

It also reported that one house was damaged in the crash.

No injuries have been reported among residents in the area, a police spokeswoman said.

She said around 100 police officers have attended the crash site and are investigating what happened.

Pluvigner, a town in Brittany, north-western France, has an estimated population of more than 7,437.

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