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One killed after French military jet crashes into home for disabled

Five other residents at the care home were injured in the incident with one in serious condition.

File photo of a French air corps Alpha Jet in a display.
File photo of a French air corps Alpha Jet in a display.
Image: Paul Jarrett/PA

ONE PERSON WAS killed and five were injured in central France last night after a military training jet crashed into a home for the disabled, authorities said.

The accident involving an Alpha Jet trainer on a night flying exercise took place in the Vouvray region, near the city of Tours in the Loire valley.

The pilot and student pilot parachuted to safety after making for “a dark area that appeared to be uninhabited,” said Colonel Cyril Duvivier, commander of the airforce base from where the plane took off.

One of the injured residents of the home was said to be in serious condition in hospital.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine, who travelled to Vouvray late yesterday, said the 63-year-old resident who was killed had been living in the home “for several years”.

She called for a full and transparent investigation into the accident.

- © AFP 2014.

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