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Two planes crashed during an airshow in Switzerland Sunday morning, leaving a pilot dead, according to police.
The two small planes were flying in a formation of three German aircraft at the Dittingen airshow near Basel in north Switzerland when they collided at about 11:15 a.m. (5:15 a.m. ET), according to a statement from Basel-Landschaft police.
The 50-year-old pilot of one of the two Comco Ikarus C42 aircraft crashed his plane into a barn and was killed, the statement said.
The other pilot involved in the collision was able to eject out of his plane safely, while the pilot of the third plane in the demonstration was able to land safely, according to police.
All three planes were with the German GrassHoppers aerobatics team.
The Swiss Safety Investigation Board is investigating the accident, and the remainder of the Dittingen airshow was canceled, police said.
The airshow catastrophe came one day after several people were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into a busy main road during an airshow in Shoreham, England. Seven people were discovered dead at the scene, but police said Sunday that it was “highly likely” that 11 people on the road died, and more bodies might be found.
The pilot of the plane sustained life threatening injuries and 14 other people suffered minor injuries, according to Sussex Police.
The road where the crash happened was still closed on Sunday as investigators and search crews combed the site, according to the Royal Air Forces Association.
Another seven people were killed when two planes collided while practicing for an airshow in Slovakia on Thursday.
And a U.S. Army parachutist died after he was involved in a midair accident during the Chicago Air and Water Show last Saturday.
Earlier this month, a fiery helicopter crash at airshow left one pilot dead and another injured in Russia.
Crashes at British airshows happen infrequently, but the pilot of a World War II Hurricane died at the Shoreham Airshow in 2007 after unintentionally barrel-rolling his plane, according to The Associated Press.