French Air Force Mirage 2000-5F Crashes in a forest near Luxeuil-les-Bains

French Air Force Mirage 2000-5F Crashes in a forest near Luxeuil-les-Bains
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — A Dassault Mirage 2000, Armee de l’Air (French Air Force), takes off for a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 10. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

A French Air Force Mirage 2000-5F, operated by EC 01.002 “Cigognes” crashed in a forest near Luxeuil-les-Bains, Haute-Saône, after a technical incident.

The pilot ejected after directing his plane towards a forest, with no major damage to the ground, and survived.

The accident occurred at 2:45 p.m., a pilot of a Mirage 2000-5 fighter plane from the 1/2 “Cigognes” fighter squadron at Air Base 116 (BA 116) in Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur was forced to eject 5 kilometers north of the BA 116 near the Banney forest between Luxeuil and Fontaine-les-Luxeuil.

The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, it was returning to the base.

The area is currently being secured. Safety and legal investigations are open to shed light on the reasons for this accident.

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