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Swiss plane crash near Luzern

(credit: Swiss army)
(credit: Swiss army)

(B2) A Swiss Army two-seater F/A-18 aircraft crashed this afternoon in the Lopper sector (in central Switzerland, canton of Obwalden). What if the pilots were officially " still missing ", There are " little hope that the crew survived the accident” according to the head of the Army, corps commander André Blattmann.

Two Swiss Army planes, a two-seater F/A 18 (D) and a single-seater, took off today at 13:35 p.m. from Meiringen for a training mission. " The flight plan called for an overflight of Buochs ​​before flying to the Brunnen region » according to the press release from the Swiss army. “Then they should have done air policing and aerial combat training there. It was during a turn in the Alpnach region that one of the two aircraft crashed. The other aircraft was able to land safely in Meiringen. » 

During a press conference given on site, the Swiss military did not want to confirm the fate of the pilots. “The Flight Data Recorder of the crashed aircraft has not yet been found. It is also unknown if the ejection seats were activated. There is no further information available at this time. » Military justice has opened an investigation. All fighter jet flights have been suspended.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).