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Pilot recovering, other still missing after French crash

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  • Jets crashed Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea, off city of Perpignan
  • They were on their way back to their respective aircraft carriers
  • Planes were Rafale fighters, manufactured by Dassault Aviation
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PARIS, France (CNN) -- The pilot rescued after the crash of two French fighter jets is recovering aboard an aircraft carrier, the French Defense Ministry said Friday, while the search continued for the pilot of the other plane.

The rescued pilot is "healthy and safe," the defense ministry said. It did not identify him or offer further details about his condition.

"Significant air and sea assets are deployed at present in the area of the incident to try to recover the second pilot," the defense ministry said in a statement.

The jets crashed Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the city of Perpignan.

They were on their way back to their respective aircraft carriers after carrying out a mission to test the operational capacity of their group, the ministry said.

The planes were Rafale fighters, manufactured by Dassault Aviation. They were unarmed, the ministry said.

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