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The Hellenic Air Force said an A7 Corsair attack aircraft went down during military exercises in the mountainous north of Greece but that the pilot was safe.

The circumstances of the crash, which occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 in rugged terrain in Komotini near Greece’s northeastern border, were not made public.

Eye-witness accounts were that that the pilot had managed to eject himself from the cockpit before his plane went down and were confirmed by military sources, according to local media.

The pilot has been transferred to a nearby general hospital after suffering minor injuries. There were no reports of other injuries as a result of the crash, which was near a residential area and was captured by a resident.

The pilot used the ejector seat and abandoned the aircraft. He was taken to Komotini general hospital where according to information he suffers from minor injuries.

Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos contacted with the pilot and congratulated him for what were said to be the right reactions during the incident.

The aircraft took part in a exercise along with another A-7 in the area. A committee of experts will investigate the reasons of the accident. Initial estimations attribute the accident to engine failure, the Athens News Agency said.

The post Greek Fighter Crashes, Pilot Unhurt appeared first on The National Herald.

Source: The National Herald
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