Families mark 30th anniversary of Ramstein air show disaster

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1988 file photo a burning plane hits the ground after three Italian jets collided at an air show in Ramstein Air Base, Germany. One jet exploded in flames and plowed into the large crowd, killing 70 and injuring more than 400 people. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1988 file photo planes of an Italian aerobatics team collide over the U.S. Air Base Ramstein, Germany, before crashing into the crowd and killing 70 people. (AP Photo/Charles Daughty, File)

BERLIN — Survivors and the families of those killed during a 1988 air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the aviation disaster in Germany.

A religious ceremony was planned Tuesday to remember the 70 people who died when three Italian stunt planes collided on Aug. 28, 1988.

One of the planes crashed into a crowd of spectators, injuring more than 1,000 people. Hundreds of people at the show suffered life-changing burns.

Relatives and survivors will also be allowed to visit the normally off-limits air base.

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