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Switzerland air show crash leaves 1 pilot dead

Two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland, on Sunday, killing one of the pilots, police said.

Collision comes day after plane crashed onto busy road at U.K. air show, leaving 7 dead

One pilot was reported dead after two planes from a German stunt flying group crashed at a Swiss air show on Aug. 23, 2015, according to local police. (Georgios Kefalas/EPA)

Two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland, on Sunday, killing one of the pilots, police said.

The aircraft, in a German flying group of three planes, crashed at around 11:30 a.m. local time, Basel-Landschaft police said in a statement.

One of the pilots, a 50-year-old man, was killed while the other escaped unharmed by parachute. The third aircraft was able to land safely.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, police said.

Debris litters the ground after two planes crashed at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland. (Georgios Kefalas/EPA)

Police photos showed debris from the two aircraft scattered in the hillside village of Dittingen.

On Saturday, seven people died and more than a dozen were injured after a military jet participating in an air show in the UK crashed into a busy road. The Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England, hit several vehicles on a nearby road as it crashed. Witnesses told local TV that the jet appeared to have crashed when it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.

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