Two planes collide at an airshow killing one pilot in Northern Switzerland
Tragedy: The 50-year-old pilot was inside his plane when it crashed into a barn in Dittingen in Switzerland
A pilot died and another parachuted to safety when two planes collided at an airshow in northern Switzerland.
The two aircraft touched in mid-air just before crashing in the hillside village of Dittingen near Basel at about 11.15am local time today.
The automatic rescue system of the first plane did not activate and the 50-year-old pilot, whose identity has not been revealed, was inside the aircraft as it crashed into a barn in the centre of Dittingen. Nobody else was hurt in the crash.
Crash site: The pilot who died crashed into this barn in the village of Dittingen in northern Switzerland today
Lucky escape: The second pilot escaped by parachute and his plane crashed on the edge of Dittingen village
The pilot of the second plane managed to escape by parachute and was not injured. His aircraft crashed close to a house on the edge of the village.
The two aircraft were part of a formation of three C-42b planes from Germany called Grasshoppers. The third plane in the formation wasn’t involved in the crash and landed safely, police said.
Photos show debris from the two aircraft scattered across Dittingen and prosecutors have begun investigating.
Air show: Two planes (pictured circled) have collided at an airshow in Switzerland killing at least one person
Debris: Plane parts are scattered across the road in front of the barn the pilot crashed into during the show
Emergency response: Debris covers the road in Dittingen where one of the planes came down earlier today
The airshow was canceled after the crash, police said.
Two years ago, a Swedish pilot crash-landed his Blériot XI, a replica of the French aircraft famous for being the first plane to cross the English Channel in 1909, at the Dittingen airshow.
The pilot sustained minor injuries in the incident.
On Saturday, at least 11 people died and more than a dozen were injured after a military plane participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton crashed into a busy road.
The Hawker Hunter fighter jet hit several vehicles on a nearby road as it crashed.
Witnesses told local TV that the jet appeared to have crashed when it failed to pull out of a loop maneuver.
Crash site: The pilot of the second plane managed to escape by parachute and his aircraft crashed close to a house on the edge of the village
One person died in the crash and a second pilot escaped from the his plane (circled) using a parachute
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