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One pilot dies as planes collide during display in Switzerland

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Swiss police officers inspect the wreckage of a plane involved in a collision with a second plane during an airshow on August 23, 2015 in Dittingen, near Basel, yesterday
Swiss police officers inspect the wreckage of a plane involved in a collision with a second plane during an airshow on August 23, 2015 in Dittingen, near Basel, yesterday

One pilot died when two small planes collided in the air and crashed at an air show in northern Switzerland yesterday, police said.

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The two planes were part of a formation of three and they crashed at 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, died as his plane crashed 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.

Irish Independent

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