A Moroccan air force Mirage F1 crashed in the northeast of the country Monday after hitting a flock of birds but the pilot managed to eject safely, a report citing the armed forces said.

The plane, which was on a training mission, came down near the Sidi Slimane air base and the pilot “is safe and sound”, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces said in a statement quoted by the MAP news agency.

A “collision with a flock of large birds” as it was preparing to land caused the plane’s engine to die, the statement added. […]