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Swiss Pilot Tries To Kill Mother With 'Kamikaze' Attack

Flew Rented Aircraft Into Her Bedroom Window. She Survives

Swiss authorities say Konrad Schmidt attempted to kill his mother on Sunday by flying a twin-engine plane into her first-floor bedroom window. Rosemary Schmidt reportedly survived the attack.

According to a report in the British newspaper The Telegraph, Schmidt had been estranged from his mother for some time following her divorce from his father and his subsequent death from cancer. The elder Schmidt had been a pilot for Swissair.

Konrad Schmidt reportedly phoned his mother from the cockpit of the plane he had rented less than an hour earlier and asked "Are you home? I'm about to drop in."  He reportedly made three low passes over the house before taking aim at the bedroom. His mother was in the basement of the home in the Swiss village of Oberhallau, and is being treated for shock.

Konrad Schmidt did not survive. The house is being torn down. Authorities said he blamed his mother for the breakup of his parents' marriage, and suffered from depression. They said that there was "no possibility" that the crash was anything other than intentional.

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