Planes collide mid-air in Slovakia show rehearsal, seven dead

Debris of two sport planes is seen near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.
Debris of two sport planes is seen near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
Firefighters work at the crash site of two sport planes near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.
Firefighters work at the crash site of two sport planes near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
A firefighter inspects the crash site of two sport planes near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.
A firefighter inspects the crash site of two sport planes near the village of Cerveny Kamen, Slovakia on Aug 20, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRATISLAVA (REUTERS) - Two planes carrying civilian parachutists rehearsing for an air show collided in mid-air on Thursday in Slovakia, killing seven people, a spokesman for rescue services said.

She gave no further details.

Between 20 and 40 people were on board the two aircraft, and witnesses reported seeing some of them jumping with their parachutes open, the website of the daily Dennik N said.

The crash happened near the town of Ilava, 150km north of the Slovak capital Bratislava.