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Dutch Airforce F-16 crashes into North Sea

September 22, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A Dutch F-16 fighter plane crashed into the North Sea during a training exercise on Thursday, the first accident involving the country's air force in over three years.

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The 30-year-old pilot was able to bail out before his plane hit the sea and was not seriously injured, an air force spokesman said.

The cause of the crash, which occurred 70 kilometres from the northern Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog, was not known.