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Two military planes collide in Venezuela: officials

Two Venezuelan military planes collided during a demonstration Thursday, killing a pilot who steered his stricken turboprop plane away from populated areas, the government said.

Two other aviators ejected safely from their OV-10 Bronco aircraft and were not injured in the mishap, which occurred at the Palo Negro air base in the north central state of Aragua, said Defense Minister Diego Molero.


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Molero said the pilot of the other plane, Major Jose Rafael Marin a flight instructor, directed his OV-10 Bronco to an unpopulated area in a heroic act to avert a "worse tragedy."

Officials said the two planes were rehearsing for an aerial display when they collided.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

© 2012 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Nov 23, 2012

 

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