Swiss find crashed air force jet, still seek pilot

August 30, 2016 9:04 AM EDT

Commander of the Swiss Air Force Lieutenant General Aldo Schellenberg talks to the media during a news conference in Bern, Switzerland August 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich


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ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss search parties found an air force fighter jet that went missing on Monday during a training exercise but were still trying to find the pilot, the Swiss defense ministry said on Tuesday.

The plane, a one-seat F/A-18C, crashed near Susten in central Switzerland. Bad weather was hampering the search in mountainous terrain.

The incident marks the third time the Swiss Air Force has lost one of its F/A 18 jets in the past three years. A pilot was injured when an aircraft went down in October 2015 in southeast France, while another F/A 18 crashed in Switzerland in 2013.

(Reporting by Zurich newsroom; Editing by Dominic Evans)



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