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2 pilots presumed dead in German mid-air crash

AP Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 17:43

Berlin: German police say two civilian pilots whose military-chartered jet crashed after colliding with a fighter plane are presumed dead.

A spokeswoman for police in the Sauerland region east of Cologne says human remains found near the site of yesterday`s crash likely belonged to the pilots, aged 50 and 43.

The Learjet was taking part in a maneuver with two Eurofighter jets when it collided with one of the military planes near the town of Elpe. It crashed 90 metres from a residence.

Police spokeswoman Bianca Scheer said today that prosecutors have begun an investigation into possible negligent homicide on the part of the fighter pilot.

The fighter pilot landed safely at a military airfield despite having a full fuel tank ripped off in the collision.

First Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 17:43
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