Body, black box found after Swiss fighter jet crash
GENEVA - Agence France-PresseRescuers have found the body of one of two people onboard a Swiss army fighter jet which crashed in a mountainous area, as well as the aircraft's black box, the defence ministry said Thursday.
The F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet was one of two that took off in the canton of Bern on Wednesday for a training mission, but crashed shortly after into a cliff overlooking a branch of the massive Lake Lucerne.
The Swiss military said the body would be recovered and identified on Thursday.
The army has launched an investigation into why the crash happened and has temporarily suspended all flights by its fleet of McDonnel Douglas single and double-seated F/A-18s, which before Wednesday's accident counted 33 fighters.
Another of the Swiss Hornets crashed in Crans-Montana in the south of the country in 1998, killing both pilots.