Spanish fighter jet crashes in southern Germany

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, NEUBURG-AN-DER-DONAU - A Spanish air force Mirage F-1 fighter jet crashed while on an exercise early on Monday in southern Germany, but the pilot parachuted to safety, officials said.

30 May 2005

NEUBURG-AN-DER-DONAU - A Spanish air force Mirage F-1 fighter jet crashed while on an exercise early on Monday in southern Germany, but the pilot parachuted to safety, officials said.

The German defence ministry in Berlin said the plane crashed into an uninhabited area near the Bavarian town of Neuburg-an-der-Donau.

The German air force press centre in Cologne added that the pilot had safely ejected. A spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Hartmut Beilmann, said the jet was not armed at the time. It caught fire four minutes after take-off from a Neuburg airfield.

The Spanish plane was participating in the German air force's biggest exercise of the year. Code-named 'Elite' (for 'electronic warfare live training exercise') the exercise involves forces from 19 nations including Germany and runs until 9 June.

DPA

Subject: German news

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