The crew of a French fighter jet that crashed Wednesday has been found dead، the country's air force has confirmed، CNN reported.
A search was launched for Captain Baptiste Chirié and Lieutenant Audrey Michelon after debris from their Dassault Mirage 2000D was found in the mountainous Jura region of eastern France.
The crew were on a routine low-altitude training flight when radar contact was lost on the morning of January 9، the French air force said in a statement. The jet، which belonged to the Nancy-Ochey Air Base، was flying over the mountainous region between the Doubs and Jura areas.
Chirié had 940 hours of flying experience and had taken part in 24 war missions، said air force chief of staff General Philippe Lavigne، while Michelon had taken part in 97 war missions and had 1250 hours of experience.
During a press conference Thursday، air force spokesman Colonel Cyrille Duvivier said the jet's wreckage had been found، as well as fabric that was likely to belong to a parachute.
"On this type of fighter jet you have two types of parachute، one for the crew in the ejector seat and the jet's parachute، which can be used to brake once it lands،" Duvivier explained