Four dead as DRF Luftrettung's H135 helicopter and plane collide in mid-air in Germany

Four dead as DRF Luftrettung's H135 helicopter and plane collide in mid-air in Germany

It is unclear if the helicopter was carrying any emergency patients when it hit the light aircraft shortly after in the late morning of January 23rd

Four people have been killed after a medical helicopter crashed into a small plane near the German city of Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg) in the late morning of January 23rd. The helicopter involved in the accident is an Airbus Helicopters H135 operated by DRF Lufrtrettung.

It is unclear if the helicopter was carrying any emergency patients when it hit the light aircraft shortly after lunchtime.

The German Air Rescue announced in a press release: 'According to current knowledge, the two pilots of the DRF Luftrettung and two passengers of the small plane were killed. The cause of the accident is still completely unknown.'

Dramatic pictures from the scene show the wreckage smoking in a field in Philippsburg near Karlsruhe.

There were reports of flaming debris but it is unknown whether there were more casualties on the ground.

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