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.
“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.