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2 South Korea air force planes collide mid-air during training, 3 pilots dead

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Seoul: Two South Korean air force planes collided in mid-air during training on Friday, killing three people and injuring one, officials said.

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The two KT-1 trainer aircraft crashed into a mountain in the southeastern city of Sacheon after colliding, emergency officials said.

The crash took place near the KT-1 aircrafts’ base in the southeastern city of Sacheon at about 1:35 p.m.(0435 GMT), the air force said in a statement, adding that it was checking for any deaths.

Three people were found dead and one was injured, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity citing department rules.

Officials said three helicopters, 20 vehicles and dozens of emergency workers were dispatched to the scene.

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The air force confirmed the collision. But an air force statement said it was trying to confirm the reported casualties and whether pilots on the aircraft tried to eject to safety. It said the KT-1 aircraft is a two-seat plane.

More than 30 firefighters and rescuers have begun a search at the crash site, it added.

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