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One dead as airshow planes collide in Switzerland

Published 23/08/2015

The planes collided in the village of Dittingen, near Basel
The planes collided in the village of Dittingen, near Basel

At least one person has died when two small planes collided in the air and crashed at an airshow in northern Switzerland.

The two planes were part of a formation of three and crashed just before 11.30am local time after they touched each other in the air, according to Meinrad Stoecklin, a spokesman for police in Basel-Landschaft.

The airshow in the village of Dittingen, near Basel, was temporarily interrupted as rescue teams raced to the scene of the crash, police said.

It was not immediately clear if there were more injured people.

Swiss media reported that one pilot managed to escape by parachute.

The two planes were part of a formation of three planes, but the third plane of the formation was not involved in the crash and landed safely, they reported.

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