Mid-air collision at the Fairford International Air Tattoo

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ONE of two Russian pilots ejects after a mid-air collision between their MiG-29 Fulcrum single-seater jets in front of more than 250,000 people at the Fairford International Air Tattoo, Gloucestershire, yesterday.

Don Breadner, an eyewitness, said: 'Two parachutes appeared in the sky. There was a big plume of smoke above the runway.'

Both pilots were from the Russian Flight Research Institute display team. One has a broken jaw and spinal injuries, the other minor injuries. The planes came down clear of the crowds.

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