Pilot hurt after ejecting from NATO jet as it crashes in Afghanistan

A NATO jet crashed after takeoff in southern Afghanistan on Thursday and its pilot was wounded after ejecting from the aircraft. NATO spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hall said the plane experienced mechanical failure and crashed near the runway at an airfield in Kandahar. The pilot was hurt, but was not in serious condition. NATO ruled out any insurgent involvement in the incident. It did not say what type plane was involved.