Authorities in France searching for downed fighter jet over Switzerland

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:51 AM PT — Thursday, January 10, 2019

Authorities in France are searching for a fighter jet that suddenly disappeared over the border of Switzerland.

According to Wednesday reports, the jet was carrying two pilots when it fell off radar screens.

Officials believe the aircraft entered an area that’s currently being hit by a massive snowstorm and believe the plane may have gone down due to the pilot’s low visibility.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, a French Mirage 2000D jet fighter takes off from Ovda airbase near Eilat, southern Israel, during the 2017 Blue Flag exercise. A French fighter jet carrying two pilots has disappeared from radar screens near the Swiss border. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

“This morning as we have already indicated, we unfortunately lost contact with the aircraft, a fighter jet, a Mirage 2000D based in Nancy that disappeared from the surveillance radars,” announced Col. Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force. “Since then, as it is the case in this type of situation, we have initiated a search and rescue alert as we would do for any aircraft in France.”

Debris has been discovered near the area the plane may have crashed, but officials are unsure if it belongs to the aircraft.