The air force said the cause of the crash was a “technical malfunction.”
Rabat – A video has surfaced of a pilot ejecting from a Royal Air Force Mirage F1 fighter plane before it crashed in the Taounate region of northern Morocco. The plane crashed on Monday afternoon during a training mission because of a technical malfunction, a Royal Armed Forces (FAR) statement said.
The navigator managed to eject from the aircraft and is “safe and sound.” The crash occurred “in an uninhabited area and did not cause any collateral damage,” according to FAR. The video shows a few buildings and cows within eyeshot of the crash.
FAR uploaded the video on its YouTube channel to show the pilot’s ejection. The recording shows the pilot parachuting down from the plane. The sound of the airplane crashing can also be heard.
The Mirage F1 is a fighter plane made by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault.
In 2015, a Royal Air Force Mirage F1 airplane crashed near the Sidi Slimane Air Base, northeast of Rabat. The airplane crashed after hitting a “flock of large birds,” but the pilot managed to eject safely. FAR reported that there were no casualties from the crash, which occurred in an uninhabited area.