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Germany: Learjet crash following midair with Typhoon

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Pictured just last week during Tiger Meet 2014 at Schleswig Jagel in northern Germany: a Learjet belonging to Gesellschaft für Flugzieldarstellung (GFD). A Learjet of the same company crashed on Monday following a midair collision with a Eurofighter Typhoon. (Image © Marcel Burger)

A Learjet aircraft crashed on Monday 23 June 2014 in Germany following a collision with a German Air Force Typhoon fighter aircraft, authorities report. The Learjet is thought to have carried two persons. One fatality was confirmed on Monday evening, followed by a second fatality later in the evening. The incident happened near Olsberg in central Germany.

The Learjet came down near a populated area. Some pics are here. The Typhoon fighter aircraft landed safely at Nörvenich airbase near Cologne after the midair. The pilot was praised by a military official for bringing his heavily damaged aircraft back to base. Nörvenich is home to Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 31 (TaktLwG31), which has been flying the Eurofighter Typhoon now for several years.

According to a German Air Force official, two Typhoons were indeed operating in the area when the incident happened. The Learjet involved is mentioned in reports as belonging to Gesellschaft für Flugzieldarstellung (GFD), a company that provides target towing and airborne threat facilities to the military.

A German Eurofighter Typhoon. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A German Eurofighter Typhoon. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

 

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

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