Friday, 23 August, 2019

Air force pilot dies after Eurofighter jets collide in northern Germany

Eurofighter crash Germany BILLOWING SMOKE The incident took place around 2pm local time
Patty Aguilar | 24 June, 2019, 23:13

"One of the crashed pilots could only be recovered dead", the air force said on Twitter.

Another eyewitness said a wing broke away from the first jet's main hull.

The two planes went to ground about 10km apart, one inside a forest and the other on a field on the edge of some woodland.

'Together with a third Eurofighter they were flying an Air Combat Mission, ' the German force tweeted.

Ostseewelle radio reported that the two Eurofighter jets collided shortly before 2pm (10pm AEST) on Monday near Lake Mueritz, about 100 kilometres north of Berlin.

The third pilot saw two parachutes descending to the ground, indicating pilot ejection mechanisms were triggered after the crash in Germany's Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state, the defence minister reported. While one of the pilots is reported to be safe after the incident, the other one did not survive the crash.

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Two Eurofighter war planes belonging to the German armed forces crashed in northeastern Germany today, several media outlets reported, with some saying that the pilots of the jets escaped the crash by ejecting.

The battalion based at Laage air force base, near Rostock, from which the aircraft took off, is tasked with training all pilots of 's 140 Eurofighters.

Some 400 Eurofighters - made by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, are in service with militaries around the world.

Police warned the public not to approach potentially risky wreckage from the planes.

Witnesses told local media that the crash, which was at around 2 pm local time, caused a loud bang.

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