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Bern - Two Swiss Air Force pilots most likely died Wednesday when their fighter jet crashed in the central canton of Obwalden, army chief Andre Blattmann said.
Witnesses told Swiss media outlets that two F/A-18 jets were flying at a low altitude near Lake Lucerne when one of them crashed into the side of a mountain.
“One has to assume the worst, given the images from the site,” Lieutenant General Blattmann said near the crash site in Alpnachstad.
A Swiss fighter jet of the same type crashed in 1998, killing two members of the air force.
Air force chief Aldo Schellenberg said Wednesday's accident happened while the two jets were on a training mission.
The crashed plane was a two-seat jet made by the US defence contractor McDonnell Douglas, which merged with Boeing in 1997.