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Relatives of pilot of crashed Swiss fighter jet are flown over wreckage

Local News // Sept. 1, 2016
Relatives of pilot of crashed Swiss fighter jet are flown over wreckage

Relatives of the pilot of a Swiss fighter jet that crashed in Central Switzerland on Monday have been flown by helicopter over the crash zone.

They were accompanied by members of the CARE team, the psychological support unit of the army, to get a more accurate picture of the site in the Susten pass.

Twenty mountain specialists continue to look for debris of the F / A-18 military jet, but the accident site, at 3000 meters above sea level, is particularly steep terrain formed by glaciers and crevasses.

The pilot, named as 27-year-old David G from a part of French-speaking Switzerland, was on a training flight when the accident happened.

Last December he was appointed as a first lieutenant by Ueli Maurer, former head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport.

Shortly before this he had completed his studies at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.

Investigations continue into how the accident happened and if he was trying to escape via the aircraft's ejection seat.

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