Alpha Jet Hits Nursing Home, One Dead


One woman was killed and others were injured Wednesday when a French Air Force Alpha Jet training aircraft crashed into a home for the disabled in France. Both pilots ejected safely. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. local time in the town of Vouvray, near Tours in central France. The aircraft was on a night training flight from the base near Parcay-Melay.

Base commander Col. Cyrille Duvivier told local media the pilots tried to direct the aircraft toward a “dark area that appeared to be uninhabited.” The aircraft hit one of two buildings at the home housing female residents. The woman killed was 63 years old and had been a resident of the facility for several years. It was the first accident involving an Alpha Jet from that base in more than 30 years, Duvivier said.