French Air Force Mirage 2000 jet fighter apparently crashes

08:51, March 03, 2011      

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A French Air Force Mirage 2000 jet fighter apparently crashed in central France during a training flight, the government said Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Defense Ministry, the Mirage 2000 disappeared from radar screens around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday over central France, with a pilot and a navigator conducting a low-alitude night flying mission.

Military officials said that a water-filled crater with some metal debris in it was found Wednesday morning near where the jet disappeared but there was no news about the two men aboard the fighter.

A spokesman for the French army's public information service said the worst was expected.

Local authorities dispatched rescuers to conduct a search that was also joined by army helicopters. However, harsh weather conditions and thick fog in the night, forced a suspension of the search, the statement added.

Source: Xinhua

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