Jet crashes from Swiss Patrouille display team
Two Swiss F-5 fighter jets from the Patrouille Suisse aerobatic display team have collided near a northern Dutch air base, with one crashing in a pond and the other landing safely, the Swiss defence ministry has confirmed.
The pilot of the plane that crashed ejected before impact, the fire department said. Spokeswoman Brigitte Matter of the Menameradiel municipality said the pilot was not badly hurt. “Under the circumstances, he’s doing well,” she said.
Matter could not confirm the cause of the crash.
Footage was captured of the plane, still burning, after it crashed in near a house.There were no reports of injuries on the ground.
Another image showed a second plane with a damaged tail. This plane reportedly landed safely:
The crash was near the northern city of Leeuwarden, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the capital Amsterdam.
The Swiss plane, part of the Patrouille Suisse display team, had been due to take part in an air show on Friday.
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