RAF pilot escapes in Afghan crash

A British Harrier jet crashed in Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.

A British Harrier jet crashed in Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.

The pilot is believed to have suffered only minor injuries when he ejected from the aircraft before it came down at Kandahar airfield at about 10.30am local time.

There were no passengers on board the Harrier and it is believed there were no other casualties.

mfl It is thought that the RAF pilot ejected after the Harrier's undercarriage failed to lower as it came in to land.

The aircraft was very badly damaged in the crash.

An MoD spokesman said: "Emergency services have been called to the scene and are assessing the damage.

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"The exact cause of the incident is not yet known.

"However, there is currently no suggestion that the incident was caused by enemy action."