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Plane crashes during military exercises in Poland

A spokesman for the Polish Air Force said Tuesday that both Polish and Italian pilots saved themselves by parachuting out of their attack jet during military exercises in Poland.

Both pilots survived the crash of their AMX trainer aircraft, which experienced engine trouble near Czempin in western Poland, Polish Air Force spokesman Wieslaw Grzegorzewski told The Associated Press.

Speaking later from the field where the aircraft's twisted wreckage lay, Polish Gen. Wlodzimierz Usarek told TVN24 television that one of the pilots said a bird flew into an engine, causing it to fail.

Usarek said a commission was looking into the accident.

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