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A-10 crashes in western Germany

Apr. 1, 2011 - 11:36AM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 1, 2011 - 11:36AM  |  
The debris of a crashed Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II lies in a field near Laufeld, Germany, April 1. A police spokesman said the pilot ejected before the crash. The pilot was injured and hospitalized.
The debris of a crashed Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II lies in a field near Laufeld, Germany, April 1. A police spokesman said the pilot ejected before the crash. The pilot was injured and hospitalized. (Harald Titte / The Associated Press)
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An A-10 Thunderbolt crashed April 1 north of the city of Wittlich near Laufeld, during a routine training mission, according to an Air Force statement. (The Associated Press)

The pilot of an A-10 ejected before the single-seat gunship crashed in western Germany on Friday, the Air Force said.

The pilot, whose name was withheld until family members are notified, was being treated for injuries, according to a statement from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The pilot is in good condition at a local hospital.

The A-10 crashed about 3:57 p.m. local time north of the city of Wittlich near Laufeld, during a routine training mission, the statement said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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