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Jet pilot ejects in Afghanistan

Harrier jet
The Harrier pilot was forced to eject at Kandahar airfield

A British jet pilot has been injured after ejecting from his aircraft before it crashed in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Harrier pilot was forced to eject while landing at Kandahar airfield.

The RAF pilot is believed to have suffered minor injuries. The MoD said there was no suggestion the incident was caused by enemy action.

The cause of the crash is not known but it is thought the Harrier's undercarriage may have failed to lower.

The aircraft was badly damaged in the crash at about 1030 local time but no-one else was injured, the MoD spokesman said.

He said: "Emergency services have been called to the scene and are assessing the damage."

The pilot is based at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland.



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