Midair plane collision: Planes Collide Over Slovakia

Published: August 20, 2015

Midair plane collision: Planes Collide Over Slovakia, Two planes carrying dozens of parachutists have collided midair over western Slovakia, killing seven people. Thirty-one others on board survived by jumping out with their parachutes.

The crash took place on Thursday morning near the village of ÄŒervený Kameň. Rescue workers have been using helicopters to reach the crash site, in the White Carpathians mountain range, that forms the border with the Czech Republic.

The government agency that investigates plane crashes said, according to preliminary information, about 40 people – mostly parachutists – were on board the L-410 planes at the time of the collision, which occurred at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,921 ft).

The Health Ministry said 38 people were on board the two planes and 31 survived. Five people needed some medical treatment but nobody was hospitalised.

Some on board jumped out even after the planes collided, according to the interior minister, Robert Kaliňák.

“The 31 parachutists managed to jump out from the falling planes and survived,” Kalinak told the TA3 news television station as he visited the crash site. “They all landed safely. It’s a small miracle.”

The dead included the two crew members from both planes and three parachutists, Juraj Gyenes, another official at the aviation investigations agency, told TA3.

TA3 reported the parachutists were training for this weekend’s air show in nearby Slavnica.

“All of a sudden, I heard a big blow,” one witness told TASR, the Slovak news agency, in a news video. “Then it roared. I thought some pieces were falling, but it could be the parachutists.”

The Slovak health minister, Viliam ÄŒislák, and Kaliňák visited the crash site.


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