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Military jet collides with private jet in Germany

Published time: June 23, 2014 14:08
Edited time: June 23, 2014 15:47
Eurofighter jet (Image from wikipedia.org)

Eurofighter jet (Image from wikipedia.org)

A small light aircraft has crashed with a German military plane in the skies over the town of Olsberg, northwest Germany, a police spokeswoman reported. There were two people on board the small Learjet aircraft.

The Luftwaffe jet was able to successfully land at its base in Nörvenich near Cologne. The Learjet crashed in an uninhabited area. Details about its passengers are as of yet unknown.

"I had heard the jets. We live here in a low-fly zone. Suddenly, there was silence. It was quite strange. Then we saw the vast field of debris - only 20 meters from residential buildings. That was really close," 26-year-old eyewitness Alexander Volke told German newspaper BILD.

A spokesman for the Luftwaffe in Berlin confirmed an incident between a Eurofighter jet and a civil aircraft. German military spokesman Joerg Langer confirmed to AP that two Eurofighter jets had been operating in the area. Langer told the agency that there had been “contact” with the Learjet and the fighter planes landed safely.

Comments (15)

 

Michael Morrison 24.06.2014 07:08

Radar is useless at such low altitudes. (The Lear-jet was on approach.)

 

Number1 RT Fan 23.06.2014 22:13

Thor Corps 23.06.2014 20:41

another news outlet said the lear jet was part of the exercise. ???(BBC)

  

Yes it was, the Luftwaffe was performing an interception practice with a devision of Airbus D&S, that is who owned the Learjet.

Frankly Speaking 23.06.2014 18:20


Not at all, quite the opposite. The radar / detection systems on the Eurofighter are so poor or defective that they cannot spot and avoid a Learjet!!!

  

Since when do you rely on radar and detection systems when you perform a daylight interception mission? The answer is, you don't.

 

Frankly Speaking 23.06.2014 18:20

mrVynes 23.06.2014 16:42

" ;Good advert for the Typhoon."

Not at all, quite the opposite. The radar / detection systems on the Eurofighter are so poor or defective that they cannot spot and avoid a Learjet!!!

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