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Tornado jet crashes in Germany, crew safe

A picture taken in March 1, 2011 shows two fully armed Royal Air Force Tornado bombers during an operation on route to Libya as part of Britain's operation Ellamy to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone. "AFP PHOTO / HO / ROYAL AIR FORCE"

BERLIN: The German military says a Tornado combat jet crashed on a training mission but both the pilot and co-pilot were able to eject to safety.

The Bundeswehr says the jet crashed Thursday night in western Germany near the city of Koblenz, a few kilometers (miles) from its base.

The military said in a statement Friday that the pilot suffered minor injuries after ejecting and the co-pilot was unharmed, but both were taken to hospital for observation.

The unarmed plane crashed near a major highway, and the impact threw so much debris onto the road that it had to be closed down for several hours.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

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