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Swiss Air Force F-5 crash – pilot is OK

On the 26th of May, wednesday morning one F-5 of the Swiss Air Force (German: Schweizer Luftwaffe; French: Forces aériennes suisses; Italian: Forze aeree svizzere; Romansh: Aviatica militara svizra) crashed near Melchsee-Frutt which is a mountain resort village in Switzerland. The pilot balied out in time and is uninjured, according to the official statement.

Some photos emerged in the “Swiss Air Force Fans” facebook group. One shows the crash site and the other is from a webcam from the region. According to the latest one F-18 flew over the crash site not long after 9 o’clock. According to scramble.nl the F-5 in question has the registration J-3089, which flew several times with the swiss demo team Patrouille Suisse in the past.

The Swiss Defence Ministry confirmed the follwoing:

At around 9 a.m. today, an Air Force F-5 crashed near Melchsee-Frutt. The pilot was unharmed. The Tiger F-5 took off from Payerne and was on a training flight as a sparring partner for the Air Force’s F/A-18. Military justice is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

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