Mysterious plane crash: German military jet collides with civilian plane in routine exercise, killing one

One person was killed following a midair collision between a Learjet and a Eurofighter taking part in a military exercise in western Germany on Monday afternoon.

    2014/06/24

NSFW    One person was killed following a midair collision between a Learjet and a Eurofighter taking part in a military exercise in western Germany on Monday afternoon.

The air force-chartered Learjet was taking part in a routine exercise simulating an emergency situation when a civilian plane can no longer be contacted by radio, public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk reported.

According to Spiegel, the Learjet, which was carrying two people, was sent into a tailspin after colliding with one of the Eurofighters as both aircraft turned to the left.

The military jet sustained damage but managed to fly back to its base in Noervenich, near Cologne, where it landed safely. Focus, a German online news portal, reported that the two aircraft’s wings crashed into each other fuselage.

After a mid-air explosion, debris from the Learjet fell into a wooded area near the town of Olsberg, with some parts falling just 80 metres from houses.

Authorities located the plane wreckage and found the body of one of the passengers. The other is still unaccounted for.

A spokesperson for the German air force said it was a routine exercise and the reasons for the crash remained unknown. An investigation is under way to look into the causes.
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