French fighter jet slams into microlight aircraft

13th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

ETRIGNY, France, July 13, 2007 (AFP) - A French air force Mirage 2000-N fighter jet collided with a microlight in mid-air Thursday in Etrigny, central France, killing the small aircraft's pilot, police said.

ETRIGNY, France, July 13, 2007 (AFP) - A French air force Mirage 2000-N fighter jet collided with a microlight in mid-air Thursday in Etrigny, central France, killing the small aircraft's pilot, police said.

"A wing of the little plane came off in the crash, there was a huge flame, the aircraft started whirling and crashed," an eyewitness told AFP by telephone.

The fighter plane returned safely to base.

Locals said military aircraft had started flying at very low altitudes. "In the past month jets have been flying lower and lower in this area. They're really hugging the ground, it's deafening," one said.


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