Pilot killed after two Eurofighter jets collide in mid-air

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A pilot has been killed after two Eurofighter warplanes collided in mid-air and crashed in Germany.

A second pilot managed to parachute to safety before the German air force jets crashed near the Laage military base in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Monday.

Both pilots had ejected from their aircraft, according to a third pilot who witnessed the accident.

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The mid-air collision involved two Eurofighter jets. File pic

One of the pilots was later rescued from the top of a tree but the other was found dead on the ground.

“This is a sad day for our air force,” German defence minister Ursula Von Der Leyen told reporters near the crash site.

“We lost a soldier in a flight accident. Our thoughts are with his family and his comrades.”

Pilot killed after two Eurofighter jets collide in mid-air
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Germany’s defence minister Ursula Von Der Leyen said it was a ‘sad day’

The jets collided about 20 minutes after they took off, the defence minister added.

An armed forces spokesman said it was too early to say anything about the circumstances of the crash, and recovery
teams were searching for the black box flight recorders.

Pilot killed after two Eurofighter jets collide in mid-air
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A police helicopter lands at the crash site

The crash reportedly happened shortly before 2pm local time (1pm UK time) near Lake Muritz, about 62 miles north of Berlin.

Footage posted online showed two plumes of smoke at separate crash sites, while it was reported there were forest fires on the ground.

Pilot killed after two Eurofighter jets collide in mid-air
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The jets collided about 20 minutes after they took off

Police warned the public not to approach potentially dangerous wreckage from the planes and firefighters were deployed to tackle blazes caused by the crash.

The German air force said the jets were based in Laage, near the Baltic sea port of Rostock, which trains all pilots flying Germany’s 140 Eurofighters.