RAF jet goes down at British base in Cyprus; 2 injured

February 9, 2009 19:45


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Two crewmen were injured while ejecting from a British military jet that went down at a Royal Air Force base in Cyprus Monday, according to an official. Stuart Bardsley said the pilot and co-pilot of the British Harrier jet were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He said the jet was on a training exercise at RAF Akrotiri at the time Monday. Bardsley said the plane was "down on the ground in a non-operational order," but declined to use the word "crash," saying an investigation was under way. RAF Akrotiri is one of two Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus that Britain kept after the former colony gained independence in 1960.

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