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Jet Cuts Power Lines in Norway

March 2, 1999

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A German air force fighter jet was severely damaged when it cut two power lines over a fjord in northern Norway Tuesday, but managed to land safely at a nearby air base.

The Tornado jet was on NATO maneuvers and was returning to the Bodoe Air Base, about 550 miles north of Oslo, after a practice mission when it hit the power lines, the Norwegian Northern Defense Command announced.

The two crewmen on board the jet were not injured.

Dag Isaksen of Norway’s Northern Defense Command said the power lines that were hit run from the mainland to an island, at a height ranging from 130 feet to 1,200 feet.

It was not clear which section of the lines the plane hit, he said. The route the plane followed was within its authorized operating area, where planes had clearance to fly as low as 200 feet, he said.

Last year, 20 people were killed when a U.S. military jet flying in Italy cut a ski-lift cable. A court-martial of the pilot is underway in the United States.

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