F/A-18D from the Swiss Airforce down

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A F/A-18D from the Swiss Airforce, coming from Payerne, went down today at about 11:30 in France. The pilot ejected and was blessed.

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A F/A-18D from the Swiss Airforce, coming from Payerne, went down today at about 11:30 in France. The pilot ejected and was blessed.

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Injured? ;)

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The pilot was injured and brought to a hospital in Besancon, which he could leave yesterday to come back to Switzerland.

What is it with the Swiss and the family model Hornet?! This is the third F/A-18 they have lost - and the for the third time it's a twin-seater! Glad the pilot appears to be relatively unscathed this time though, last time there were two occupants and both perished :(

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What is it with the Swiss and the family model Hornet?! This is the third F/A-18 they have lost - and the for the third time it's a twin-seater! Glad the pilot appears to be relatively unscathed this time though, last time there were two occupants and both perished :(

Everbeen in Switzerland?

Yes - lots of times. Relax, I'm not insinuating anything just pointing out what is a remarkable coincidence (and again I mean just that: remarkable, but most likely only a coincidence).

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Yes - lots of times. Relax, I'm not insinuating anything just pointing out what is a remarkable coincidence (and again I mean just that: remarkable, but most likely only a coincidence).

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Yeah, this is the 3rd accident involving a twin seater. The SAF only has 5 left, but they announced this new crash won't affect pilot training.
With the F-5 being retired soon, and with the plan to acquire only Gripen single seaters (assuming we'd buy these at some point in the near future), the SAF would only use the PC-21 for training.