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Hungarian military pilot in stable condition after crash landing of Gripen fighter jet

Military experts examine a JAS-39 C Gripen fighter jet of the Hungarian Defence Forces resting on the tarmac of the air base of Kecskemet, 85 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, after an emergency landing forced by a technical failure having occurred after take-off  Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The pilot catapulted successfully, he is currently kept under medical control. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)

Military experts examine a JAS-39 C Gripen fighter jet of the Hungarian Defence Forces resting on the tarmac of the air base of Kecskemet, 85 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, after an emergency landing forced by a technical failure having occurred after take-off Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The pilot catapulted successfully, he is currently kept under medical control. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's defense ministry says a pilot who ejected from his Gripen fighter jet during a crash landing is in stable condition.

Lt. Gen. Zoltan Orosz said experienced pilot Maj. Sandor Kadar was on a training run Wednesday in a Gripen JAS-39C jet when he indicated that the aircraft's forward landing gear had malfunctioned.

Kadar then attempted a belly landing at the military air base in the central city of Kecskemet and ejected when he lost control of the aircraft on the ground.

Orosz said the jet is likely repairable. The rest of Hungary's fleet of Saab Gripen jets will also be inspected.

Orosz said there was no link with a May 19 incident when another Hungarian Gripen overran the runway at an airbase in the Czech Republic.