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2 pilots presumed dead in German mid-air crash

BERLIN (AP) -- Two civilian pilots whose plane crashed after colliding with a German fighter jet during a military maneuver are presumed dead, police said Tuesday.

Human remains found near the site of Monday's crash likely belonged to the pilots, aged 50 and 43, said Bianca Scheer, a spokeswoman for police in the Sauerland region, east of Cologne.

Prosecutors have begun an investigation into possible negligent homicide on the part of the fighter pilot, she said.

The Learjet had been chartered by the German air force to take part in a training exercise with two unarmed Eurofighter jets when it collided with one of the military planes near the town of Elpe. It crashed 90 meters (300 feet) from a house.

The fighter pilot landed safely at a military airfield despite having a full fuel tank ripped off in the collision, said a German military spokesman.

"We don't know how he managed to do this because the jet suffered considerable damage," said Capt. Andre Hesse.

Plane Crashes After Mid-Air Collision with Fighter Jet

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jay love June 24 2014 at 6:49 AM

I agree with jeanpoet, poor article with little info on what really happened here. based on what it does say this is very ODD to say the least, why are two civilians taking part in a military style exercise and with a chartered Lear jet? generally these type exercises are done only with military pilots, using military equipt. and in the rare instance of trouble I have never heard of civillian charges being leveled at participants, IF anything possible military justice, loss of rank, court marshall for extreme case where their was some fault/blame on part of one or more? of course Europe being very odd who knows what corny rules they have?

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jeanpoetpicard June 24 2014 at 6:37 AM

As usual, not enough information to have a comment. If they were on maneuvers...then risk is inherant in that situation so why would they be checking in to pressing charges against the fighter pilot? He was just doing his dangerous best and something went wrong. So, OBVIOUSLY there is a whole lot more to this story that AOL isn't telling just to try to get comments going....again....as usual.

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Innkeeper June 24 2014 at 8:32 AM

NO information in this "article" to back up the teaser headline about murder charges. Typical AOL/HuffPo.

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chefmachinist Innkeeper June 24 2014 at 10:29 AM

SO typical.

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pjchilds June 24 2014 at 8:02 AM

Lots of pictures with little of substance to go on at this time, yet they're blaming the pilot of the fighter jet. Almost as stupid as blaming it on Bush or Obama.

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dennismlns June 24 2014 at 10:28 AM

It says that the learjet hit the fighter jet, how is that the fault of the fighter pilot? Only one that should be charged is the moron that decided that civilian pilots should do maneuvers with fighter pilots.

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chefmachinist June 24 2014 at 10:29 AM

do you think german social media puts out articles regarding the us's regular small plane crashes? And this is news why?

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pondbuildersteve June 24 2014 at 12:19 PM

More or the same, big tease, no story. Why even bother to report if you aren’t capable of putting together the information to at least cover the headline?

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kenandshannon June 24 2014 at 1:09 PM

Another crappy AP story without any continuity. Not much here except, blah, blah, blah.

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brennemanbelkin June 24 2014 at 10:28 AM

A fact or two would be nice.

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jt2 June 24 2014 at 2:23 PM

I'd like to know why the military pilot would face charges when the article says the other plane had been chartered to participate in the exercises? More details would be a start.

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