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Crashed Alpha Jet Plane Found

The bodies of two men, a pilot and co-pilot have been recovered from an alpha jet which crashed close to Germany's Alpine region earlier this week. Emergency services, who found the bodies of the two men, aged 48 and 44 still strapped to their seats had been struggling to reach the aircraft, which crashed into a boggy field near the German town of Brannenburg. Police sources said the plane, a former military aircraft which had been converted for civilian purposes, was not equipped with ejector seats. The cause of the crash is not yet clear, and a police spokesman in the region said it would likely take the German aviation authorities several weeks if not months to establish exactly what had happened, not least because the aircraft wasn't equipped with either a black box or a flight recorder.