Military plane, civilian jet collide over Germany

A helicopter lands near debris of a crashed Learjet near Elpe, Germany, which collided with a German Eurofigher. Photo / AP
A helicopter lands near debris of a crashed Learjet near Elpe, Germany, which collided with a German Eurofigher. Photo / AP

Police in Germany say a military-chartered jet has crashed after colliding with a fighter plane.

A spokeswoman for police in the Sauerland region east of Cologne says the Learjet with two people on board collided with a German Eurofighter aircraft near the town of Elpe.

Bianca Scheer said the fate and the identity of the two people on board the Learjet wasn't known. She said the plane had been chartered by the German military, but was unable to immediately provide further details.

German military spokesman Joerg Langer confirmed that two Eurofighter jets were operating in the area and that there had been "contact" with the Learjet. He said the fighter planes landed safely.

- AP

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