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Two helicopters crashed near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise, German authorities said. One pilot was reported to have died in the accident and several others were injured. Police have launched an investigation.
The German newspaper Bild claimed its reporter Axel Lier witnessed the helicopter crash during a federal police training exercise. He told the newspaper everyone was "totally shocked" by the incident.
N-tv television and the Bild newspaper said the accidentoccurred in snowy weather on Thursday morning when around 400 federal police officers were conducting a training exercise on dealing with football violence.
Footage on n-tv showed at least one helicopter on its side on the ground.
Fire service spokesman Sven Gerling said his initial information was that two helicopters had crashed, but he had no further details on the accident.
Federal Police spokesman Frank Brochert confirmed there "was an incident during an exercise" and that emergency crews were on the scene. He had no details about the accident.
Two helicopters are believed to have crashed near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise, leaving at least one person dead and several injured, German authorities said.