French police closed a road on January 9, 2019 outside Mignovillard, central-eastern France, after the crash of an Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter in the area. Image Credit: AFP

STRASBOURG, France: Update: Search and rescue teams Wednesday found the wreckage of a French Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter which crashed in a mountainous region of eastern France, but the fate of its two-man crew was unknown.

Radar contact with the fighter, on a low-altitude training flight, was lost late Wednesday morning as it flew over the Jura region, near the Swiss border, officials said.

Search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area, the Air Force said in a statement.

The local Est Republicain newspaper reported that a parachute was found amid the debris near Mignovillard, at an altitude of about 1,000 metres (3,280 feet).

The plane was unarmed.


A search was under way for an Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter and its two pilots who went missing Wednesday in a mountainous region of eastern France, officials said.

"We're looking for this plane which disappeared from the radars" in the Jura, the prefecture administration said.

Snow and low visibility were hampering the search, officials said, with no news from the pilots.

The plane was unarmed.