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Fighter plane crash in Switzerland

(B2) A fighter plane F-5E Tiger II, of the Swiss Air Force, crashed on Wednesday May 26, during a training flight.

An F-5E Tiger II fighter jet (credit: Federal Department of Defense)

The crash site is an uninhabited area in the Melchsee-Frutt region, in central Switzerland. The pilot of the aircraft was able to eject in time. He was rescued by REGA (the Swiss air rescue service). The plane took off from Payerne, the largest Swiss air base (located in the canton of Vaud). He was carrying out a training flight as " sparring partner with Swiss F/A-18 fighter jets, according to Swiss authorities. The reason for the crash remains unknown.

(Jean-Stanislas Bareth, st.)

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