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Air Force pilot escapes as plane slips off runway

Plane had been due to take part in aerial display

An Air Force pilot had a lucky escape when his Patrouille de France overran an airport runway and came to rest at the side of a local road.

The Alphajet pilot, a member of the French Air Force's aerobatic display team, ejected from the craft as it slipped off the runway in Perpignan, according to local newspaper L'Indépendant. He suffered minor injuries.

A small vegetation fire that started close to the plane was quickly put out.

The pilot was a member of the squad due to perform an aerial demonstration in Saint-Cyprien, Pyrénées-Orientales.

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