Helicopters crash near Berlin stadium during police exercise, at least 1 believed dead
The remains of a police helicopter that crashed during an exercise is seen on a field behind the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP / Michael Sohn)
Published Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:32AM EDT
BERLIN -- Authorities say 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.
Fire service spokesman Sven Gerling said his initial information was that two helicopters crashed, but he had no further details on the accident.
N-tv television and Bild newspaper said the accident occurred in snowy weather Thursday morning when some 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.
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.