Sun, Aug 24, 2003
Glider and Skydiving Aircraft Collide
Six Germans are dead after an aircraft carrying skydivers to
altitude collided with a single-place glider in the skies over
Bavaria Saturday. The entangled wreckage of both aircraft landed in
a cornfield north of Munich.
"All we know at this point is that the two aircraft crashed into
each other in mid-air," said police spokesman Josef Bauer. "The
wreckage landed in a field just outside of the town. Luckily no one
on the ground was hurt. We don't know at what altitude the accident
happened," Bauer said when asked about a local television news
report saying the crash happened at an altitude of 1,200 meters
(3,900 feet). "The investigation is not still going on."
Bauer said skies were clear and visibility was unlimited at the
time of the midair.
The dead included the pilot of the glider, as well as the pilot
aboard the Cessna single-engine aircraft (type unknown at this
point). German police and civil aviation authorities are
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