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07-01-2002, 09:35 PM
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Midair collision over Germany97 feared dead as airliner, cargo jet crash near Swiss borderBREAKING NEWS
MSNBC NEWS SERVICES
FRANKFURT, Germany, July 2 A Russian-made Tupolev airliner carrying 95 people and a Boeing cargo plane with a crew of two collided in midair in southern Germany near the Swiss border, police and European news agencies said Tuesday morning. German state officials said all 97 people aboard the two aircraft were believed to have died in a fiery collision that littered the countryside with large chunks of debris. Fires and widespread damage were reported, and police said dozens of other people may also have been killed.
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_ _ _ _A SPOKESMAN for the Interior Ministry of the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said the planes went down near the city of Ueberlingen, 135 miles south of Frankfurt and just north of Lake Constance, where Austria, Germany and Switzerland intersect.
_ _ _ _Quoting witnesses and local officials, the German news agency Deutsche-Presse Agentur reported that large pieces of the planes fell in a populated area about 11:45 p.m. Monday (4:45 p.m. ET).
_ _ _ _The wreckage was spread over as many as 25 miles and, all told, as many as 150 people may have died, police said. A farmhouse, several houses and a school were reported on fire.
_ _ _ _NBC's Jim Maceda reported from London that one of the planes was a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev 154 airliner flying from Moscow to Barcelona, Spain, with 95 people aboard.
_ _ _ _German officials told NBC News that the other aircraft, a Boeing 757 cargo plane operated by the courier company DHL, was believed to have carried only a crew of two. It was flying to Brussels, Belgium, from Bahrain after stopping in Bergamo, Italy.
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_ _ _ _This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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Sources: Jane's All the World's Aircraft, The Associated Press
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_ _ _ _MSNBC.com's Alex Johnson, NBC's Jim Maceda, Tammy Kupperman and Robert Windrem, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Well that would suck! :(