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Swiss military says at least 1 dead in crash of F/A-18 fighter jet

  • Rescue teams gather at the site where a military fighter jet has crashed near a military airport in Alpnach, central Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Police told The Associated Press they are investigating the scene near the airport. Swiss media say that authorities have dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The crash also has shut down a nearby railway line. (AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)

    Rescue teams gather at the site where a military fighter jet has crashed near a military airport in Alpnach, central Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Police told The Associated Press they are investigating the scene near the airport. Swiss media say that authorities have dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The crash also has shut down a nearby railway line. (AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue teams gather at the site where a military fighter jet has crashed near a military airport in Alpnach, central Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Police told The Associated Press they are investigating the scene near the airport. Swiss media say that authorities have dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The crash also has shut down a nearby railway line. (AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)

    Rescue teams gather at the site where a military fighter jet has crashed near a military airport in Alpnach, central Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Police told The Associated Press they are investigating the scene near the airport. Swiss media say that authorities have dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The crash also has shut down a nearby railway line. (AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)  (The Associated Press)

The Swiss military is confirming the death of one member of the two-man crew from a crashed F/A-18 fighter jet.

The Swiss Federal Department of Defense says searchers found the body near the crash site in central Switzerland, but it has not yet been identified. The other crew member remains missing.

Its statement Thursday said the body had not yet been recovered because of difficult access at the crash site, but the flight data recorder also was found and would be recovered later in the day.

The two-seater Swiss fighter jet went down in poor weather Wednesday afternoon near a military airport in Alpnachstad in the Lake Lucerne region, during a training mission with another one-seater F/A-18 that returned safely to the Meiringen air base in Bern canton (state).