Germany crash: Two Eurofighter jets in fatal collision

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A pilot has been killed in an air collision involving two German air force Eurofighter jets in the Müritz area of north-eastern Germany.

While both pilots managed to eject from the planes, only one of them survived.

One of the Eurofighters went down in a forest while the other crashed near a village about 10km (6 miles) away, the interior ministry in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said.

The pilot who survived was found dangling from a tree by rescue teams.

The mid-air collision happened as three Eurofighter Typhoons were taking part in an air combat exercise shortly after 14:00 (12:00 GMT). The third pilot witnessed the collision over the Fleesensee and reported seeing two parachutes.

Neither of the jets involved in Monday’s accident was carrying weapons when they crashed, the German air force said in a statement.

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Image caption File picture of two Eurofighter jets stationed at the same base near Rostock

Local media showed footage of the smoke from both planes after they hit the ground and said the crashes had both started small fires.

One of the pilots required medical attention after he was found alive by rescuers near the village of Nossentiner Hütte, and residents said the fire brigade quickly brought the fire at the scene under control.

The other was found dead, officials said.

The mayor of Nossentiner Hütte, Birgit Kurth, told Germany’s NDR radio station she was “relieved” that the pilot had survived and that the plane had not come down in the village or caused further damage.

Police had earlier warned that debris from the crash had been strewn over a large area and could be dangerous.

The second plane went down in a wooded area near the village of Jabel.

Images of the crash site in Jabel showed officials surveying the area, with debris scattered across a field.

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Image caption An official stands alongside debris belonging to the Eurofighter jet that crashed near the village of Jabel

The two planes were based at Laage near the district of Rostock, home to the “Steinhoff” Tactical Air Force Wing 73. Neither plane was carrying weapons.

Built by a European consortium of Airbus, the UK’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Leonardo, the fighter costs around €90m (£80m).

Germany’s military has some 140 Eurofighter Typhoons but has struggled to keep them ready for combat. A report last year said only four of its planes were available because of a leak of cooling fluid in the wing sensors.

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