Two Patrouille Suisse Jets Collide During Air Show Practice
Reported by Swissinfo.ch
Two Swiss F-5 fighter jets from the Patrouille Suisse aerobatic display team have collided near a northern Dutch air base, with one crashing in a pond and the other landing safely with a damaged tail, the Swiss defence ministry has confirmed.
The pilot of the plane that crashed ejected before impact and landed in a greenhouse, said Air Force Commander Aldo Schellenberg at a media conference on Thursday. He was not badly hurt but had a few cuts and bruises.
“Under the circumstances, he’s doing well,” said spokeswoman Brigitte Matter of the Menameradiel municipality.
National broadcaster NOS showed footage of the plane, still burning, after it crashed in near a house. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.