2019 Belgian F-16 crash

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Template:Infobox military conflict The 2019 Belgian F-16 crash was an incident when a Belgian F-16B jet took off in Belgium with a mission going to Lorient. However it crashed before it reached the city.


On the morning of 19 September 2019, a Belgian F-16B jet took off in Florennes, Belgium.[1] The jetfighter had the mission to go to the airbase at Lorient as a practice flight. After a one-hour-and-eight-minute flight, the pilots had (for unknown reasons) problems with the engine.[2] One of the crewmen tried to restart the engine.[2][3] At 10:33 the Belgian defence received emergency warnings of the use of both ejection seats. According to an eyewitness at the RTBF before the crewmen used their ejection there was a big flame following thick black smoke was coming out the plane.[4] Soon after the aircraft flew Template:Cvt above the ground,[1] with a speed of Template:Cvt[2] the men used their ejection seat, one of them landed safely and the other one got stuck on a 250,000-volt high-voltage line.[3][5] Local media claims he died at that moment, this was denied and it was later comfirmed that the pilot was still alive.[6] After they left the jet hit (with one of its wings) at least one house's roof and facade in Pluvigner east of Lorient[7][8] at 10:38 local time,[9] it crashed Template:Cvt from the house into the neighbouring farm field.[8] The crash was Template:Cvt from the city of Lorient.[3] After the crash the jet exploted once at 10:45 and the second one follows too in a short time.[10] Both explosions caused a fire which destroyed or damaged a garden, a shed, some trees and parts of a maize field.[10] Emergency crews arived soon after, according to the local authorities 100 police officers,[9][11] 40 firefighters, 20 rescue vehicles,[12] a Hawkeye aeroplane and an NH90 helicopter were deployed.[13] At 11:15 the crisiscel was established and a no fly zone of Template:Cvt en Template:Cvt high, and a 500-metre security perimeter were set up.[14] Eight houses with their 15 residents were evacuated.[11] According to Le Télégramme the smell of paraffin and explotion danger was active in the region.[15] At 11:45 the Belgian Air Component confirms the incident.[13] Firefighters try to deal the fire and the blaze from the plane.[7] While the power line was shut down[3] to free the hanging pilot at around 13:00.[1] Both pilots had minor injuries and they were together with the lady (of the damaged house) taken to a hospital for some medical checks. No other casualties were reported.[16]


After the crash, the investigations were started by the French Police,[5] joined by a Belgian group of air safety investigators.[17] The next morning a road to Landaul was re-opened.[18] A couple hours later the 500-metre security perimeter was halved to Template:Cvt[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Beelden tonen overvliegende Belgische F-16 seconden voor crash, piloten gebruiken schietstoel en blijven ongedeerd" (in Dutch). 19 September 2019. https://www.hln.be/nieuws/buitenland/beelden-tonen-overvliegende-belgische-f-16-seconden-voor-crash-piloten-gebruiken-schietstoel-en-blijven-ongedeerd~a2b7d790/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France; leaves one pilot stuck on high-voltage line". 19 September 2019. https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2019/09/19/belgian-f-16-fighter-jet-carrying-two-pilots-crashes-in-france/. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line". 19 September 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49751536. 
  4. "Belgian F-16 crashes in France without victim". 19 September 2019. https://www.en24.news/2019/09/belgian-f-16-crashes-in-france-without-victim.html. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fighter pilot rescued from high-voltage power line after crash in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/19/pilot-caught-on-electricity-line-as-f-16-jet-crashes-in-france. 
  6. "Fighter pilot left dangling from high voltage power line after F-16 crash". 19 September 2019. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/19/fighter-pilot-left-dangling-high-voltage-power-line-f-16-crash/. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "LIFE ON THE LINE Fighter pilot trapped on high-voltage power lines by his parachute after F-16 jet crashes in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9960494/fighter-pilot-trapped-high-voltage-power-lines-parachute-f-16-jet-crashes-france-latest/. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Pilot stuck on power line after Belgian F-16 jet crashes in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2019/09/19/pilot-stuck-on-power-line-after-belgian-f-16-jet-crashes-in-france. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "F-16 fighter jet crash leaves pilot dangling from high-voltage electricity line in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/fighter-jet-crash-belgian-france-electricity-line-f16-pluvigner-brittany-a9111656.html. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Bewoners van het huis waar Belgische F-16 op neerkwam en stuk van hun dak rukte: “Alles ruikt naar de kerosine”" (in Dutch). 19 September 2019. https://www.hln.be/nieuws/buitenland/bewoners-van-het-huis-waar-belgische-f-16-op-neerkwam-en-stuk-van-hun-dak-rukte-alles-ruikt-naar-de-kerosine~a1bad811/. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Pilot saved from power line after Belgian F-16 crashes in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1753894/pilot-saved-from-power-line-after-belgian-f-16-crashes-in-france. 
  12. "Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power cable". 19 September 2019. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/19/europe/belgian-fighter-jet-power-line-intl-scli/index.html. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Crash d'un F-16 belge dans le Morbihan" (in French). 19 September 2019. http://lignesdedefense.blogs.ouest-france.fr/archive/2019/09/19/crash-d-un-f-16-belge-dans-le-morbihan-20469.html. 
  14. "Un F-16 belge s’écrase près de Lorient. Pilotes sains et saufs. Opération de sauvetage compliquée" (in French). 19 September 2019. http://www.bruxelles2.eu/2019/09/19/un-f-16-belge-secrase-pres-de-lorient-pilotes-sains-et-saufs-operation-de-sauvetage-compliquee/. 
  15. "Pluvigner. Le témoignage des habitants de la maison touchée" (in French). 19 September 2019. https://www.letelegramme.fr/bretagne/pluvigner-le-temoignage-des-habitants-de-la-maison-touchee-video-exclusive-19-09-2019-12387037.php. 
  16. "Pilot Saved from Power Line after Belgian F-16 Crashes in France". 19 September 2019. https://www.news18.com/news/world/pilot-saved-from-power-line-after-belgian-f-16-crashes-in-france-2315755.html. 
  17. "Pilot left dangling from electric cables after ejecting from fighter jet". 19 September 2019. https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/19/pilot-left-dangling-from-electric-cables-after-ejecting-from-fighter-jet-10771670/. 
  18. "La route de Landaul rouverte à la circulation" (in French). 20 September 2019. https://www.letelegramme.fr/morbihan/pluvigner/crash-a-pluvigner-la-route-de-landaul-rouverte-a-la-circulation-20-09-2019-12387647.php. 
  19. "Le périmètre de sécurité réduit de moitié" (in French). 20 September 2019. https://www.letelegramme.fr/bretagne/crash-a-pluvigner-le-perimetre-de-securite-reduit-de-moitie-20-09-2019-12387934.php.