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Man jumps to his death after failed attempt to crash small plane

The Local · 18 Oct 2010, 11:37

Published: 18 Oct 2010 11:37 GMT+02:00

The young man had rented the single-motor Cessna and hired the pilot in Augsburg for an air tour around the Bavarian capital on Saturday.

When the plane reached an altitude of some 500 metres above the town of Bergkirchen, the 26-year-old attacked the pilot with a knife. But the pilot managed to fight him off and the man then opted to jump out of the plane, police reported.

The pilot sustained knife wounds to his face and hands, but managed to land the plane back in Augsburg and alert police of the attack.

According to police, the 42-year-old pilot was trained by the Bundeswehr and had flown in the military.

“That certainly helped him in the situation,” a police spokesperson said on Sunday.

The other man’s body was found after a woman called to report seeing a figure fall from the sky into a livery building near Palsweis. Doctors determined the man was killed instantly on impact, a police statement said.

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Police later found a suicide note in the 26-year-old’s apartment. Over the last several years the man had been caught with drugs and committed a few petty offences, Augsburg police confirmed.

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Your comments about this article

12:25 October 18, 2010 by auniquecorn
Truly a sad story, Apparently the man did´nt get the medical help he needed, which led to this tragic event.

on another note: Its good to know that the Bundeswehr puts their pilots thru the (knife attacking passenger defence course). for which always comes in handy in these situations.
12:52 October 18, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Another one who didn't integrate! (I wonder whos fault is it)

Let it be known! Pilots are ninjas!
13:35 October 18, 2010 by freechoice
fortunately, he didn't succeed otherwise we may have another dept setup in Germany to curb residents freedom...
16:30 October 18, 2010 by auniquecorn
You know how the old saying goes,

you don´t need a parachute to skydive.

but you do need 1 to skydive more than once.
17:33 October 18, 2010 by Legal E
I guess he thought the pilot was wearing a full burka and the long thing attached to is back was just a back scrubba....go Ninja P, go Ninja P!
01:21 October 20, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, when I was in Germany last year, I realized that depression is a serious problem there. This incident is just one of the reasons why psychology should become the primary focus in life. Humans will continue to struggle, until they learn how to think.
09:59 October 20, 2010 by storymann
Logic Guy,,what parameters did you use to come to this conclusion??? Merely your powers of observation I suspect . I have lived here in Germany many years and when i travel back to the USA i see more depression there in one day than i have seen here in 20 years.
12:56 October 20, 2010 by bugger
Well, supposedly the suicide rate in the USA is 11.1 people per 100,000 versus 9.4 in Germany. Actually I'd say that those rates are pretty close since there is probably a stigma about reporting some suicides. BTW Belarus is highest in the world with 35.1.

Too bad he didn't get better treatment and pretty lame of him to try and take the pilot with him.
06:34 October 21, 2010 by parografik
This story is an example of exactly the kind of thing that would skew a statistic like that. Had he succeeded, this might not be counted as a suicide. Maybe this statistic demonstrates that Germans prefer to hide their suicides 1.7% more than Americans, or that Germans are 1.7% better at planning their suicides so that they don't appear to be just that. Maybe forensic science is 1.7% worse in germany than in the U.S., or CSI Belarus is 25.7% more likely to avoid paperwork and classify homicides as suicides.

I'm surprised the slide rules weren't unsheathed from the pocket protectors in this discussion. Small comfort to the pilot, or to the family of the man's family and friends.
10:47 October 21, 2010 by storymann
I am surprised that the statistics in the US are not lower every time I go back people tell me they are on Prozac ,Celexa ect ect everyone is on some mood altering drug.

I have never had anyone here tell me that here. so the numbers seem in line to me
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