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War plane in Sweden crashes after colliding with bird

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A Saab Gripen

In Sweden’s south, a locally-produced fighter jet has crashed after flying onto a bird, the country’s military stated.

Swedish news portal The Local reported that the incident with a Gripen-type airplane took place near the town of Ronneby in the morning of Tuesday, August 21, at the height of about a kilometre and caused no human casualties.

«The pilot bailed out and he has apparently waved at the rescue helicopter and he seems to be okay at least. We don’t know much more at the moment,» The Local quoted spokesperson Johan Lundberg as saying to the TT news agency.

Authorities unveiled in a press conference that the accident happened in a forest area and there were no other casualties; however, the plane crash had started a fire in the forest, which was dealt with by fire fighters in the Tuesday afternoon.


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