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F-16 crashes in Canada during training

June 20, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A U.S. Air Force F-16CG fighter jet crashed near a Canadian military base in northeastern Alberta during joint training exercises late on Wednesday, but the pilot sustained only minor injuries.

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The F-16 and its pilot were assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The pilot was taking part in annual military exercises of U.S. and Canadian forces, dubbed "Maple Flag".

A spokeswoman at Hill Air Force Base said the pilot managed to eject from the plane before it hit the ground and sustained only minor injuries. She said the crash occurred at Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, near Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake. There was no immediate information on the cause of the crash.