Two planes collide during Swiss airshow; one pilot killed

Published August 24, 2015
Firefighter stand beside a crashed plane crash, Sunday, 23 August 2015, in Dittingen, Switzerland. Two small planes crashed into each other just at an airshow in Dittingen, Switzerland, killing at least one person. —AP
Firefighter stand beside a crashed plane crash, Sunday, 23 August 2015, in Dittingen, Switzerland. Two small planes crashed into each other just at an airshow in Dittingen, Switzerland, killing at least one person. —AP

BERLIN: One pilot died when two small planes collided in the air and crashed at an airshow in northern Switzerland on Sunday, police said.

The two planes were part of a formation of three and they crashed around 11:15am after they touched each other in the air, according to Meinrad Stoecklin, a spokesman for police in Basel-Landschaft.

The automatic rescue system of the first plane didn’t activate and the 50-year-old pilot, whose identity wasn’t revealed, fatally crashed with his plane into a barn in the centre of the village of Dittingen. Nobody else was hurt in the crash.

The pilot of the second plane managed to escape by parachute and wasn’t injured. His plane crashed nearby a home on the edge of the village.

Police said prosecutors had started their investigation of the accident.

The airshow in the village of Dittingen near Basel was cancelled after the crash, police said.

The two planes were part of a formation of three C-42b planes from Germany called Gras­shoppers. The third plane of the formation wasn’t involved in the crash and landed safely, police said.

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2015

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