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Thu, Apr 22, 2004

German Warplanes Collide

Two Dead, Two Hurt

Two German Tornadoes collided in the skies over Garding Wednesday, killing the crew of one warplane, while the other was able to eject.

Air traffic controllers in northern Germany say the two aircraft had just completed a turn at 15,000 feet when they ran into each other.

"At the end of the curve, the signal just disappeared from the screen," air traffic control spokesman Axel Raab said.

Both crew members who survived were hurt.

Germany has about 300 Tornadoes in its air fleet. Since they first started flying the aircraft, 41 Tornado crashes have killed 33 German pilots.

FMI: www.airforce-technology.com/projects/tornado

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