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Two French Jets Clip Each Other

July 12, 2000

NANCY, France (AP) _ Two fighter jets clipped each other as they were approaching the landing strip at a French air base, sending one jet crashing into a forest, military officials said Wednesday. A pilot and navigator were injured.

The two Mirage 2000-D jets were trying to land at Nancy-Ochey air base in eastern France when they bumped into each other just before midnight.

One plane was able to land safely but the other crashed in a nearby forest. The pilot and navigator ejected before the crash.

The pilot suffered light bruises and the navigator had a fractured vertebra, said Col. Denis Grimaud, commander of the air base.

Officials were investigating the cause of the accident.

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