GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss air force fighter jet crashed during a training fight in the Alps on Wednesday, the Defense Department said. The pilot was able to eject safely and was unhurt.

The Tiger F-5 jet crashed in the Melchsee-Frutt area in the central Swiss Alps, the department said on Twitter.

The plane took off from Payerne in western Switzerland and was acting as a “sparring partner” for the air force's F/A-18 jets on the training flight, the Defense Department added. Military investigators were looking into the cause of the crash..