2 pilots presumed dead in German mid-air crash

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2 pilots presumed dead in German mid-air crash
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: In this photo taken by a passerby with a mobile phone a piece of wreckage from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies in a field on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: In this photo taken by a passerby with a mobile phone a car drives past wreckage from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: In this photo taken by a passerby with a mobile phone smoke rises from the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe and Altenfeld, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A military policeman secures the area near the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A criminal investigator stand where debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
ELPE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Military police stand near a piece of wreckage from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Debris from a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter lies on the ground on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: A helicopter flies over the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to reports the Eurofighter was able to return to its base, but the Learjet crashed and burned, with its two occupants missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Firemen stand near the wreckage of a Learjet that crashed following a collision with a Bundeswehr Eurofighter on June 23, 2014 near Elpe, Germany. According to initial reports the Eurofighter managed to return to its base but the Learjet crashed and burned and its two occupants are missing and feared dead. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)
A helicopter has landed near debris of a crashed Learjet near Elpe, Germany, Monday, June 23, 2014. The Learjet with two persons on board collided with a Eurofigher of German airforce which landed safely at its base in Noervenich. (AP Photo/dpa, Joerg Taron)
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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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