7 killed, 31 survive as planes carrying parachutists crash in midair

August 20, 2015 2:17 PM

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7 killed, 31 survive as planes carrying parachutists crash in midair

PRAGUE -- Two planes carrying dozens of parachutists collided in midair Thursday over western Slovakia, killing seven people, officials said. Thirty-one others on board survived by jumping out with their parachutes.

The crash took place Thursday morning at 0720 GMT (2:20 a.m. EDT) near the village of Cerveny Kamen, said Zuzana Farkasova, a spokeswoman for the Slovak firefighters. Rescue workers used helicopters to reach the forested crash site in the White Carpathians mountain range that forms the border with t...

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