Story By: Joseph Golder, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Two pilots have died after their gliders crashed into one another in mid-air above a rural area in Germany.
The incident took place near the town of Duelmen in the district of Coesfeld, in the western Germand state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to the public prosecutor in the city of Essen, named in German newspaper Bild as Shamgar Owuso-Ankomah, the pilots are believed to be Dutch nationals aged 25 and 29. Their names have not been released as of yet.
Bild report that the two gliders took off from two different airfields in the Netherlands, one from Soesterberg, which is a town in the Dutch province of Utrecht, and the other from Lemelerveld, which is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel.
Investigators have reportedly not ruled out that both pilots knew each other.
The accident happened not far from the Borkenberge airfield between Haltern, a town and municipality in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, and Duelmen.
According to a spokesman quoted in Bild, the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) assumes that the two planes crashed “at a higher altitude” during a cross-country flight after a mid-air collision.
It is still unclear how high up they were when they collided.
One of the dead pilots was found in a forest between Haltern and Duelmen near the wreckage of both aircraft, while the other was found further into the forest.
According to police, the two wrecks were a few hundred metres apart at the edge of the forest.
Debris was found in the immediate vicinity. Police also combed nearby fields and came across parts there.
Police spokesperson Ramona Hoerst said after the accident: “They are marked first and then the experts look at it and decide how they can proceed.”
Since it was not known at the beginning whether there were further victims, extensive searches were carried out, the fire brigade told Bild.
For this, human chains were formed, the forest areas and the field were explored – and a police helicopter was also used.
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