August 30, 2016 / 1:07 PM / in a year

Swiss find crashed air force jet, still seek pilot

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.

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

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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