Pilot ejected safely as Patrouille de France Jet Crash-Lands on Road during Airshow Rehearsal

Pilot ejected safely as Patrouille de France Jet Crash-Lands on Road during Airshow Rehearsal

On Thursday 25 July 2019, Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E (number 2) belonging to the Patrouille de France, aerobatic display team, crash landed on a road near Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport, in the south of France.

The pilot managed to eject and was injured. He’s currently being treated in hospital.

At around 11:30 hrs local time, an Alpha Jet (PdF-2, E146, F-UHRR) from the French Air Force demonstration team Patrouille de France overran the runway at the Aéroport Internationale Perpignan-Rivesaltes.

The Alpha Jet exited the runway at high speed. The team was to give an aerial display in the afternoon near the coastal town of Saint Cyprien.

The Patrouille Acrobatique de France, which is similar to Britain’s Red Arrows, is scheduled to perform at an airshow in Saint-Cyprien later today.

The exact circumstances of the mishap are still unclear.

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